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Badgers athletic director Barry Alvarez believes that Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III is "probably the best ever to come through" the Wisconsin football program.

"I'll remember Melvin as probably the best back to come through here," Alvarez told reporters. "And that's saying a lot." As a Badger the Wisconsin prospect has 597 carries, and has rushed for 4,464 yards with 42 touchdowns, while averaging 106 yards per game and 7.8 yards per carry. Gordon III has potential to go in the first-round and has shown more receiving ability this year thanks to passing down exposures.
Source: Madison.com
Dec 23 - 2:28 PM

NFL.com labeled Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III as the Big 10 prospect with the most on the line during bowl season.

"Gordon (6-foot-1, 213 pounds) already has announced he intends to bypass his senior season for the draft, and he'll look to go out with a bang against a Tigers defense that has struggled all season," wrote Mike Huguenin. "While running backs have been devalued in recent drafts, Gordon has the talent to really intrigue evaluators. Leaving a solid final on-field impression certainly wouldn't hurt his status." Gordon rushed for only 76 yards on 26 carries in the Big 10 Championship against Ohio State, so he'd no doubt like to put on a show for evaluators in his last collegiate game. He needs seven yards to move into third place on the single-season rushing list.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 21 - 4:43 PM

NBC's College Football Talk reports that redshirt junior QB Tanner McEvoy will go both ways for the Badgers in their bowl game.

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 and started five games under center to start the year. The Wisconsin prospect started practicing with the defense again on Tuesday. The Badgers are currently working him in with the first-team defense at both safety and linebacker.
Dec 19 - 2:38 PM

Wisconsin named Paul Chryst head coach on Wednesday.

Chryst replaces Gary Andersen, who bolted for Oregon State after the Big Ten Championship Game. A Madison native, Chryst played at Wisconsin for athletics director Barry Alvarez and was the Badgers' OC between 2005-2011 before leaving for Pitt. The Panthers, meanwhile, have reached out to former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano about potentially replacing Chryst.
Dec 18 - 9:50 AM

Pitt HC Paul Chryst will be named to the same position at Wisconsin on Wednesday, according to Benjamin Worgull.

The move was expected as soon as Gary Andersen left for Oregon State. Chryst spent the 2005 to 2011 seasons as Wisconsin's offensive coordinator before leaving to take the head coaching job at Pitt, along with having a couple seasons of NFL experience. Some reports have stated coaches and administrators conflicting, but Chryst is likely comfortable with many around the program.
Dec 17 - 9:02 AM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III finished second in the Heisman voting.

A distant second, as Marcus Mariota won in the biggest routes of all time. Mariota's 778 first-place votes were third-most all time, behind O.J. Simpson and Troy Smith. Following Gordon in the voting was, in order, Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper (the only other finalist), TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, Indiana running back Tevin Coleman, Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright and Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 14 - 5:32 PM

Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez met with Greg Schiano on Thursday.

The meeting took place in Tampa, where Schiano used to coach the Bucs, and was "real informal," according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy. Schiano has been out of football since being fired by the Bucs in 2013, but had plenty of success in college as the longtime coach at Rutgers.
Dec 13 - 10:55 AM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III "boasts elite acceleration and great lateral agility to make defenders miss," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"He boasts elite acceleration and great lateral agility to make defenders miss, a combination that has earned comparisons to Kansas City Chiefs' star Jamaal Charles, though Gordon is bigger," Rang wrote. The Heisman hopeful flashes major vision and the ability to create in the hole, while making the initial defender miss. Rang notes that even though Gordon "has been aided by a talented offensive line, make no mistake, he's an elite talent in his own right."
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 12 - 2:48 PM

Pittsburgh HC Paul Chryst is expected to take the same position with Wisconsin, according to Jeff Potrykus.

Potrykus cites a source saying Chryst is poised to return to Wisconsin, where he spent the 2005 to 2011 seasons as an offensive coordinator before leaving to take the head coaching job at Pitt. "I thought this would be the scenario from Day 1," the source said. "He will put together a good staff." The Badgers have had Bret Bielema and Gary Andersen depart for other schools, but Chryst is likely very comfortable with those close to program. Chryst did spend two seasons in the NFL as San Diego's Tight Ends coach.
Dec 12 - 8:35 AM

Wisconsin redshirt junior CB Darius Hillary has "quietly had an excellent year" and "bears watching," according to an NFL scout.

"Sojourn Shelton entered the season as the Badgers' top returning corner, but it has been Hillary who has been the most consistent and dependable in 2014," opined the website. "Hillary has had some hiccups along the way, but everyone that plays corner does. He understands his role well and accepts challenges. He also relishes the opportunity to defend the No. 1 wide receiver on the other team. His play in 2014 earned him a second-team all-Big Ten selection by the coaches. He's a redshirt junior who would benefit from another season at Wisconsin." The 5-foot-11, 188-pound Hillary has started every game this season. While his performance is starting to generate a little scouting buzz, Hillary is probably best off returning to school and displaying further improvement. That said, this CB class is weak, so Hillary may figure he can skyrocket up boards over the winter.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 10 - 8:19 PM

Wisconsin redshirt senior OT Rob Havenstein will interest run-heavy teams, a scout told NFL.com.

"Heavy run teams should like him. You know he'll be well-coached coming out of Wisconsin, and he does not mind being physical," the NFL scout said. The 6-foot-7, 327-pound Havenstein (listed 6-foot-8 and 333 pounds), who reported to campus as a 380-pounder, runs a 5.40 forty. "He's in the same mold as Phil Loadholt and Aaron Gibson, but not really comparable to those two players," wrote Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks, Charles Davis and Lance Zierlein. "He's very long and has some quickness to him, more than you would expect."
Source: NFL.com
Dec 10 - 6:22 PM

Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage believes Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III compares to Jamaal Charles.

"He has big speed after getting through the first line of defense," Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage told Sports Illustrated. "His NFL comparison is Jamaal Charles. He only had 82 carries his first two years, so he has plenty of mileage left on the odometer." As a Badger the Wisconsin prospect has 597 carries, and has rushed for 4,464 yards with 42 touchdowns, while averaging 106 yards per game and 7.8 yards per carry. Gordon III has potential to go in the first-round and has shown more receiving ability this year thanks to passing down exposures.
Dec 10 - 2:25 PM

When asked by Dan Patrick if he will declare for the 2015 NFL Draft, Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III responded with "yep."

The question takes place about 1:30 into the linked video. Gordon III discussed finishing his degree, but as a fourth year junior he is likely close. The running back also said he looks up to Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster in terms of on-field skills. Gordon III could be a first-round running back and has shown more receiving ability this year thanks to passing down exposures.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 10 - 12:13 PM

Bob McGinn spoke with three NFL scouts who view Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III as a top-15 pick.

A fourth projected Gordon to be a second-round selection and two mentioned top-10 potential. "He's a bigger version of Jamaal Charles," one scout said. "He'll run 4.42. He's really good." Todd Gurley and Gordon III could both be selected in the first-round this May, however, some will have reservations about Gordon's limited exposures in passing situations.
Dec 9 - 10:53 AM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes that Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon "is different than his predecessors at Wisconsin."

"From a scouting perspective, Gordon's resiliency and tenacity are ideal traits in a franchise runner, which is why he is different than his predecessors at Wisconsin. In addition, Gordon flashed impressive vision and creativity in the hole, as he repeatedly made the initial defender miss before being engulfed by a wave of tacklers in the hole," Brooks wrote. The Wisconsin prospect rushed for 76 yards on 26 carries in Saturday's 59-0 loss to Ohio State on Saturday. Brooks believes that Gordon III will "get acceptable marks for his play in the Big Ten Championship Game, but his limited production in the game will certainly raise eyebrows when scouts convene in pre-draft meetings."
Source: NFL.com
Dec 8 - 4:31 PM


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