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Montee Ball may be gone for the NFL, but Badgers fans should not assume the running game is suddenly going to disappear. With Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin still has a dynamite weapon on offense capable of huge chunks of yards at any given moment.
If you haven't heard of Gordon, you're not alone. After all, it's hard to pay attention to a freshman running back buried on the depth chart at a school like Wisconsin that features one of the nation's top senior backs. But if you don't know Gordon yet, you soon will.
In 2012, Gordon was the only FBS players to average over 10 yards per carry (10.02). And we're not stretching numbers to make Gordon look good. He's not a guy who came across the ball a half dozen times with one or two huge runs to make his stats pop.
No, Gordon 62 times for 621 yards and three touchdowns. Gordon, who never carried the ball more than 10 times in a game, nevertheless posted for 80-plus yard performances, including a 216-yard effort against Nebraska.
Maybe there's something to his big average.
Add in an offensive line that returns numerous sturdy starters from 2012 and there's every opportunity for Gordon to morph into the next great Big Ten running back.