Melvin Gordon was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin on December 17, 1992. A running back for the Wisconsin Badgers, he was a Consensus second team All-Big Ten selection in 2013 and was a semi finalist for that year's Doak Walker Award.
As a youngster, Gordon attended Mary D. Bradford High School in his hometown, where he scored 15 touchdowns as a freshman and eclisped 1,000 rushing yards in his junior year. He then went on to register 2,009 rushing yards and 38 touchdowns as a senior. As a result, Gordon was named as the WFCA Offensive Player of the Year and the Gatorade Player of the Year and was a first team All-State selection by the Associated Press. By the end of his high school years, he was considered one of Wisconsin's top recruitment prospects.
Having initially committed to Iowa, Gordon changed his college choice and opted to enrol at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 2011, he saw playing time as a true freshman, appearing in three games and rushing for a total of 98 yards on 20 carries. He scored the first touchdown of his college football career in September, against South Dakota, but obtained a season-ending groin injury soon after and was subsequently granted a medical redshirt.
Gordon returned in 2012 and made appearances in all 14 games for the team, starting four of them. Throughout the year, he recorded 621 rushing yards from 62 carries, more than doubling his average carry from the previous year and leading the entire nation in average yards per carry. Additionally, Gordon chipped in with three rushing touchdowns and one touchdown reception.
The 2013 season saw Gordon increase his involvement with the team and improve his productivity. Over the course of the season, he totalled 1,609 rushing yards and rushed for 12 touchdowns. In November, Gordon was listed as one of ten semi finalists for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to college football's top running back and at the end of the year, he was named second team All-Big Ten.
Following speculation that he would forgo his remaining college eligibility, Gordon confirmed in December that he will continue to play for Wisconsin in 2014, as a junior. In explaining the decision, he stated a desire to continue his studies and help the team to regain the Big Ten Conference Title.
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