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Although ESPN's Todd McShay doesn't believe Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III has the home run speed of Jamaal Charles, the analyst thinks the Badgers' back's stock is on the rise.

"[Against LSU, Gordon] displayed excellent vision and patience and was running hard behind his pads," McShay wrote. "He did get tracked down from behind on one long run -- that's the difference between Gordon and Jamaal Charles -- but he still showed great acceleration off his plant foot and good lateral agility to make defenders miss in small creases." It wasn't all good news from the marquee matchup, however: "I'm still uncertain as to why his role was limited in the second half; after 12 carries in the first half, he had just four in the second," McShay wrote. "He is still a work in progress as a route runner, as he doesn't appear to have a good natural feel (no catches versus LSU, only three in his career), although he did look improved in pass protection Saturday night."
Sep 10 - 6:21 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III had more receptions (4) in a win over Western Illinois this past weekend than he had in his entire career before that (3).

NFL scouts have been questioning Gordon's "unproven ability to be an effective pass-catcher out of the backfield." Gordon III was held to 38 rushing yards on 17 carries in the game, but he had four receptions for 22 yards and a touchdown. "He showed soft hands and the ability to reel-in tough grabs away from his body, both in the flat and the middle of the field," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote. "The thought among NFL scouts wasn't that he had poor receiving skills, but rather he didn't have the opportunity to show his ability as a pass catcher. That will change in 2014 as I expect Gordon to show he has all the requisite skills to be a feature NFL running back."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 9 - 7:35 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III was held to 38 rushing yards on 17 carries in the school's 37-3 win over Western Illinois.

Gordon did add 22 receiving yards and a touchdown on four receptions, an area of his game many questioned. The touchdown catch including him running through contact near the goal line. It is valid to question if Gordon III is being hobbled by a hip flexor injury. The season is early, so such an ailment could nag one of the nation's top runners for weeks to come.
Sep 6 - 3:06 PM

Wisconsin announced starters redshirt senior DT Warren Herring and redshirt junior FB Derek Watt will both be sidelined for a significant amount of time due to injuries sustained in the opener against LSU.

Watt is out until at least early November with a foot injury, while Herring will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks after undergoing knee surgery. Watt will be replaced in the by redshirt freshman Austin Ramesh, while the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel speculates that redshirt sophomore Arthur Goldberg and freshman Conor Sheehy will fill in for Herring at nose guard.
Sep 4 - 8:24 PM

Wisconsin senior TE Sam Arneson was "dominant" as a blocker in Saturday's loss to LSU, raising his draft stock, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Arneson now has only 11 career catches, but he still has the attention of Pauline and NFL scouts. "Arneson caught a single pass for five yards during Wisconsin’s fourth quarter loss to LSU, so why list him as a riser? In a nutshell, his blocking was dominant," Pauline wrote. "Arneson lined up on both the left and right side and his blocks resulted in Melvin Gordon being sprung free for long runs. He also did a terrific job in pass protection. Graded by scouts anywhere from a late round pick to free agent status, Arnseon has the physical and football skills to develop into a second tight end at the next level." The 6-foot-4, 254-pounder runs a 4.73 forty. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote last month that NFL scouts are intrigued by the Badgers' prospect's measurables.
Sep 3 - 7:50 PM

After telling reporters redshirt junior Joel Stave is dealing with a shoulder issue, Wisconsin HC Gary Andersen revealed the QB is not actually injured but is dealing with a case of the "yips."

"Is he injured?" Andersen said. "No. Is he ready to play right now? No. I used the word injury, so maybe bad choice of words." It is an interesting development, as Stave was definitely in the heat of the quarterback competition during the summer. "I've heard of that, too. The yips, a golfer who can't hit it straight and stuff like that," Stave said. I know I can throw the ball... It's not a lack of confidence. It's not a lack of preparation or anything like that. It's just a matter of getting back to feeling comfortable and feeling like the ball's coming out the way it should."
Source: Fox Sports
Sep 3 - 11:15 AM

Wisconsin redshirt junior QB Joel Stave is still dealing with a shoulder injury and will "miss time" moving forward.

In other words, Wisconsin seems to be shutting down Stave for the forseeable future so he can rest. This is likely the reason Stave did not enter the game against LSU when the Badgers started to struggle. Stave has been dealing with the shoulder issue since last yea'rs bowl game, and it flared up again this April.
Sep 2 - 12:35 PM

Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen said redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III had a hip flexor injury that limited him in the second half of Saturday's loss to LSU.

Gordon was the best player on the field early, rushing for 139 yards and a touchdown on his first 13 attempts. He mysteriously vanished in the second half, however, getting only three carries in the final 29 minutes of the 28-24 loss (Wisconsin led 24-7 at one point). Anderson said after the game that Gordon wasn't hurt, but the running back said on Monday that he injured himself on a second quarter run. "I should have let them know, let Coach A know and stepped up and told them, 'Look. I need to be in there,'" Gordon said. "I put that on myself." Gordon doesn't think the injury is serious. "It was very obvious he pulled up," Andersen said. "We were trying to be smart with him."
Sep 1 - 8:57 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III "has a well-rounded skill-set and is elite in two areas: balance and acceleration."

The 6-foot-1,200 pound Gordon has the ability to go from "0-to-60 in a flash and bursts to top speed quickly with the vision and patience to follow blocks and find holes to daylight," Brugler notes. While Gordon doesn't have the ideal body type "he lowers his pads and keeps his legs pumping (think Jamaal Charles)," according to Brugler. The Wisconsin prospect had a strong season last year rushing for 1,609 rushing yards, while averaging only 16 touches a game. This season, Gordon should see quite the increase in touches in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 28 - 10:04 PM

While speaking with the media, redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III revealed Tanner McEvoy will be the school's starting QB.

Nothing is official, but this backs up a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel report from Sunday that cited three sources and stated the same thing. McEvoy practiced at quarterback last summer before being moved to safety and even started three games there. The redshirt junior made the switch back to quarterback this spring. As always, expect the Badgers to rely on Gordon III and Corey Clement at running back to keep the offense moving.
Aug 25 - 3:36 PM's team of draft experts ranks Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III as the No. 10 player in college football.

"A big-play runner with outstanding speed and quickness, Gordon might be the best running back to come through Madison since Ron Dayne," Bucky Brooks said. Gordon ran for an insane 1,609 yards and 12 touchdowns while sharing carries with Patriots draft pick James White last season, with almost one-fourth of his carries (50 of 206) going for at least 10 yards. "Gordon doesn't get the publicity of his SEC brethren, but he averages 8.1 yards per carry and is a flat-out stud," Bryan Fischer said. "He said he will end the running back drought in the first round of the draft and he certainly has the talent to do so." Added Mike Huguenin: "There's nothing like a tailback that can take a simple pitch, run parallel to the line for a few steps, then stick his foot in the ground, make a quick cut and sprint 60 yards for a touchdown. Gordon does that better than any college tailback in the nation."
Aug 23 - 4:16 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay ranks Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III over Georgia junior Todd Gurley.

The Wisconsin running back "is a home run hitter with very good acceleration and top-end speed, with the ability to make defenders miss both in the hole and in space," McShay writes. Gordon III was given a grade of 89 and Gurley was tagged with an 85. A third member of the SEC, Alabama junior TJ Yeldon, was given an 84. South Carolina's Mike Davis (80) and Duke Johnson of Miami (73) round out the top five.
Source: ESPN
Aug 21 - 1:16 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline says there is "a bit of buzz in scouting circles around" Wisconsin senior TE Sam Arneson.

"Arneson is sized well and times faster in the forty than he plays," Pauline wrote. "Arneson has a chance to prove his next level worth with Jacob Pedersen, last years starter, now in camp with the Atlanta Falcons." The 6-foot-4, 254-pounder runs a 4.73 forty. Although he enters the fall with only 10 career catches and five starts, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler also wrote last week that NFL scouts are intrigued by the Badgers' prospect's measurables.
Aug 10 - 7:27 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline grades Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon as a first-round pick.

The 6-foot-1, 203-pound speedster averaged a ludicrous 7.8 yards per carry and collected more than 1,600 yards in 2013. "Gordon ranks head and shoulders above all other Badger prospects," Pauline wrote. "He’s a tremendous combination of size, strength and explosion. Scouts love Gordon and his next level potential. I really want to see how he responds now that James White has graduated to the NFL; if he plays with the same abandon and how he responds being the sole back." Gordon is an electric playmaker, one of college football's best players, and doesn't lose much in his projection into the NFL. Pauline grades him as a first-round selection.
Aug 10 - 2:26 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler says Wisconsin redshirt senior DT Warren Herring "takes pride in doing the dirty work in the trenches."

Beau Allen's backup at nose guard last season has been part of the defensive line rotation in each of the past few years. "He doesn't have ideal range to routinely play up and down the line of scrimmage, but he has the strength to hold the point and takes pride in doing the dirty work in the trenches," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-2, 294-pound Herring runs a 5.06 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 9 - 9:54 PM

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