CHICAGO, Ill. -

After waiting a couple of years behind the likes of Montee Ball and James White, Melvin Gordon is poised to take over as the number one running back on the Badgers.

"Now I get to lead these guys and show I can do it without James or Montee."

Gordon ran for more than 1,600 yards yards a year ago, but teammate Rob Havenstein expect even bigger things in 2014.

"That's just the way he works and the way he is as a person."

For Gordon, there's no better proving ground to establish himself as the country's elite running back than in the season opener against LSU. 

"To go out and play a tough physical LSU team would be great, but to come up short just isn't good enough."

The game against LSU is August 30 in Houston.