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Redshirt junior Melvin Gordon finds himself a preseason Heisman Trophy candidate.
1. Melvin Gordon
2. Corey Clement
3. Taiwan Deal
This position sorts itself out pretty nicely. You have a Heisman candidate in Gordon, someone who averaged more than eight yards per carry as a freshman in Clement and a highly touted recruit in Deal.
Gordon finds himself as the clear No. 1 back for the first time in his collegiate career as he patiently waited as a freshman for carries behind James White and Montee Ball and found himself as the 1b to White last season.
This year, Gordon is the clear top dog, but in Tom Dienhart of the Big Ten Network's interview with offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, when asked about the backfield, he said, "I would anticipate what we did last year with Melvin and James White, splitting carries."
Ludwig would later add, "One thing we want to do is get Melvin more involved in the passing game, down-field routes, screens...whatever." Between that and both Gordon and Clement's ability to run the "jet sweep" to great success, look for the Badgers to run the ball a lot this season.
1. Derek Watt
2. Austin Ramesh
Watt is one of the best fullbacks in the country, and his ability to catch passes may see him moved out of the backfield and split out at tight end more than he has been in the past. Ramesh had an excellent spring, running for 71 yards on 12 carries in the live portion of the spring game.
This means that, as per usual, fullback will be a position of strength for the Badgers as they use that extra man to give them even more thump in their running game.