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Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III "is pressing to be a first-rounder," according to NFL.com's Charles Davis.

No running back has gone in the past two first rounds, and Bishop Sankey was 2014's highest-drafted back at 54th overall. "The performance of NFL RBs like DeMarco Murray and Marshawn Lynch are a few reasons why the streak should end," Davis wrote. "I think Murray has brought focus to what a big-time back can do for an offense if you choose to feature him." The analyst believes Georgia's Todd Gurley is ticketed into Round 1, while Gordon might be right behind him.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 14 - 7:21 PM

Wisconsin senior TE Sam Arneson had four catches for 48 yards in Saturday's victory over Illinois.

This was Arneson's second-most productive career receiving game. He's still an attractive NFL prospect, however, because he's a vicious blocker. The 6-foot-4, 254-pounder runs a 4.73 forty. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote over the summer that NFL scouts is intrigued by the Badgers' prospect's measurables.
Oct 12 - 2:24 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III rushed for 175 yards and four touchdowns in the school's 38-28 win over Illinois.

Gordon had a long run of 46 yards, but also scored on runs of 15 yards and 30 yards. The Wisconsin running back had a somewhat slow start to the season, but we said patience was needed as he was consistently facing eight and nine in the box. Gordon is a top-50 talent.
Oct 11 - 3:23 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior QB Joel Stave will start against Illinois, according to beat writer Jeff Potrykus.

Stave infamously dealt with the "yips" for weeks, meaning he was hesitant to pull the trigger on a number of throws. Tanney McEvoy started in his place, however, the Badgers had one of the worst passing attacks because of it. Stave entered the school's last game against Northwestern, completing 8 of 19 attempts for 114 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in the loss.
Oct 9 - 12:13 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III "is a legit possibility for Round 1 if healthy," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"If it was 1986, or maybe even 1996, I'd watch Gordon and then go on TV and promise he'd be drafted inside the top 10," Kiper said. "The chiseled, 6-foot, 208-pounder has exceptional acceleration -- I call it takeoff speed -- and great lateral quickness, but he also runs with good power inside. He had been pretty absent from the passing game but is more involved this year, which is key for his NFL stock. My big worry is health given the position he plays, but he is a legit possibility for Round 1 if healthy, no small feat in this era." Gordon III rushed for a career-high 259 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries in Wisconsin's 20-14 upset loss to Northwestern on Saturday. Gordon has already rushed for 871 yards and nine touchdowns on 105 attempts (8.3 YPC).
Oct 7 - 9:17 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III "should feast on porous run defenses in the second half of the season as he makes his case for first round consideration and the Heisman Trophy," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

As Brugler notes, the Badgers don't have to contend with Michigan State or Ohio State on the schedule. Gordon has two 250-yard performances in his last three games. Gordon, who made his debut last week on Mel Kiper's Big Board at No. 19, has 871 yards and nine touchdowns on 105 attempts (8.3 YPC) this year. He and Georgia's Todd Gurley are both now projected to go in Round 1 this spring.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 7 - 6:56 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III rushed for a career-high 259 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries, but the Badgers were upset 20-14 by Northwestern on Saturday.

Due to an anemic passing attack -- Tanner McEvoy and Joel Stave combined for 138 yards on 12-of-29 passing -- the Badgers couldn't dent the scoreboard when they needed to. Gordon, who made his debut this week on Mel Kiper's Big Board at No. 19, has 871 yards and nine touchdowns on 105 attempts (8.3 YPC). He and Georgia's Todd Gurley are both now projected to go in the first stanza this spring.
Oct 6 - 2:29 AM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III made his debut this week on Mel Kiper's Big Board.

Gordon checks in at No. 19 overall. "Returning to college concerned me just because Gordon had a chance to be the first RB taken in the 2014 draft, and I don't want him to get hurt before he has a chance to make NFL money, so those 32(!) carries the coaches handed him Saturday against South Florida aren't a great sign," Kiper wrote. "That said, he's a special talent with great vision, explosiveness and then breakaway speed when he gets in space. Here's hoping the health doesn't become an issue because of workload." Gordon has rushed for 612 yards and eight touchdowns on 48 attempts this year, averaging a ludicrous 7.8 yards a carry.
Oct 3 - 6:12 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior Joel Stave will be the school's No. 2 QB against Northwestern.

Stave recently said he has overcome his case of the yips, and has been more effective in practice while moving on from mistakes. With Tanner McEvoy, the team lacks a consistent passing attack. We expect to see Stave at some point this season.
Oct 3 - 9:19 AM

Wisconsin redshirt junior QB Joel Stave told reporters he is getting closer to overcoming his case of the yips.

"I feel a lot better than I did about a month ago," Stave said. "Obviously, everything around that time was pretty emotional for me. I was upset and frustrated and everything that goes along with it." The "yips" is just a term for a quarterback being unable to pull the trigger on throws, focusing on previous mistakes. Stave is earning more and more second team reps in practice. The school has a below average passing attack with Tanner McEvoy as the starter.
Source: Fox Sports
Oct 2 - 9:57 AM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman notes that Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon "is averaging over 51 yards per carry on his first carry after halftime against FBS opponents."

The Wisconsin redshirt junior rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries in the school's recent 27-10 win over USF. The Badger prospect has rushed for 612 yards on 48 attempts, averaging 7.8 yards a carry, with 8 touchdowns on the ground this season.
Oct 1 - 3:55 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries in the school's 27-10 win over USF.

Gordon III also fumbled for the second time in his career (and the second this season). The running back displayed his quick feet on a 43 yard score, working through trash and multiple tackles at the second level before pulling away. He's a ridiculous talent and has a chance to be a first-round pick.
Sep 27 - 3:23 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III rushed for 253 yards and five touchdowns on just 13 carries in the school's 68-17 win over Bowling Green.

Gordon III had been kept at bay this season due to facing a large volume of eight and nine man boxes, along with dealing with a minor hip injury. However, Rotoworld's Josh Norris had pointed out when Gordon saw open space he was still very effective. Gordon saw that space in this game, producing scoring runs of 21, 24, 50 and 69 yards. It is also worth pointing out that Gordon lost the first fumble of his career in this contest.
Sep 20 - 3:37 PM

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


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