Wisconsin's rushing attack is about as reliable as people in D.C. complaining about the weather and the traffic, so even if Melvin Gordon had opted to take his services to the NFL, the Badgers would have been OK.
That said, the sophomore announcing he'll be returning to Madison for his junior season is good news for Gary Andersen, who will be entering his second year as head coach with one of his most potent offensive threats.
From Wisconsin's official release:
“After talking it over with my family and my coaches, I have decided to come back next year,” Gordon said. “I love the University of Wisconsin and feel that there is still a lot of room for growth. Academically, another year in school will help me get closer to completing my degree and on the field I hope to help my team get back the Big Ten championship. With this decision out of the way I can now focus on helping my team prepare for the Capital One Bowl and a great opponent in South Carolina.”
Gordon, along with senior James White and freshman Corey Clement, helped the Badgers rush for 3,396 yards during the regular season, eighth best in FBS. The sophomore from Kenosha, Wisc., had 1,466 yards on 8.1 yards per carry along with 12 touchdowns. Wisconsin (9-3) plays South Carolina on Jan. 1.
Gordon asked for an evaluation from the NFL Draft advisory board earlier this month, and it was clear from the information and advice he received that another year with the Badgers would do him good.