Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon was named to his second national awards watch list of the preseason on Friday when he was one of 50 players included on the initial watch list for the Walter Camp Award, another national player of the year award.
Jameis Winston of Florida State, returning for his sophomore season, is seeking to become just the fourth player to win the Walter Camp in back-to-back years. The others are O.J. Simpson, Archie Griffin—the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner—and Colt McCoy.
Gordon, from Kenosha, was a second-team All-Big Ten selection last season and ran for 1,609 yards and 12 touchdowns on 206 carries, despite only starting four games.
Gordon led the Big Ten with a 7.8-yard- per-carry average last season and broke the 100-yard mark in eight games, including the first four games of the season and the Badgers’ 34-24 loss to South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl, when he ran for 143 yards on 25 carries.
He had 193 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries in a loss at Arizona State on Sept. 14 and twice scored three touchdowns in a game, in a win over Purdue at Camp Randall Stadium on Sept. 21 and again in a win at Illinois on Oct. 19.
Gordon burst onto the scene in a big way in the Big Ten Championship in 2012, when he rambled for 216 yards and a score on only nine carries as the Badgers routed Nebraska 70-31 to win their second straight conference title game.
The Big Ten has seven players on the watch list, including Gordon and Ameer Abdullah and Randy Gregory of Nebraska, Chi Chi Ariguzo of Northwestern, Shilique Calhoun of Michigan State, Devin Funchess of Michigan and Braxton Miller of Ohio State.