To the surprise of no one, Melvin Gordon's dominating 2014 season will be his last for the Wisconsin Badgers.
The Heisman Trophy finalist running back told the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday he will enter the 2015 NFL Draft. The junior leads the FBS with 2,336 rushing yards and 26 rushing touchdowns. His 7.56 yards-per-carry average (over 309 attempts, second-most in FBS) is the best of any player with more than 200 attempts.
Gordon would need 293 yards in the Badgers' Outback Bowl appearance against Auburn to break Barry Sanders' 26-year-old FBS single-season rushing record (albeit with three additional games). Gordon's 2014 total is already the fourth-best FBS rushing season of all-time, and the best since Kevin Smith ran for 2,567 yards for UCF in 2007.
Gordon broke a 15-year-old LaDainian Tomlinson record in November when he ran for 408 yards against Nebraska, the new FBS single-game high. Unfortunately for Gordon, the record stood for only a week before it was broken again by Oklahoma freshman Samaje Perine.
NFLDraftScout.com projects Gordon as the top running back in the 2015 NFL Draft and a potential late first-round pick.