MADISON, Wi (LEARFIELD-WSAU) Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon has been named a semi-finalist for the Doak Walker Award, given each year to the nation's top running back.
Gordon could give Wisconsin back-to-back honors, as Montee Ball won the Walker award a year ago. Ten players remain in contention for it. The Badgers have had semi-finalists the last four years, and in nine of the last 16 seasons.
Gordon, a redshirt sophomore, ranks eighth in the nation with 129 rushing yards per game. He amassed a-thousand yards in just 104 carries, as he leads the nation with an eight-point-one yard average per attempt. Gordon has 11 rushing touchdowns, tied for second in the Big Ten.