Badgers RB Gordon says he is going pro

RB tells Dan Patrick he will declare for NFL Draft
Badgers RB Gordon says he is going pro
Melvin Gordon

Badgers running back Melvin Gordon told the Dan Patrick Show he will declare for the NFL draft Wednesday.

Gordon spoke on the phone on Patrick’s radio show. During the discussion about Gordon taking a chemistry class, Patrick said “I don’t think you need chemistry class. But you get your degree, just promise your mom you’re going to get your degree and then take your chances with the NFL draft, right?”

Gordon responded with a simple “Yup.” Patrick followed up and confirmed that Gordon will attend the Heisman ceremony and play in the Outback Bowl before declaring for the draft.

Gordon responded with another yes.

University officials tell News 3 Gordon is traveling to Orlando right now. He will speak with the media as part of the ESPN “Home Depot College Football Awards Show.”

Gordon is one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper are also finalists.

All three are invited to New York for Saturday’s presentation.

Gordon set a number of records this season. He set the Big Ten single-season rushing record. He also broke the FBS single-game rushing record, when he ran for 408 yards against Nebraska.

The Badgers finished this season with a 10-3 record. Wisconsin faces Auburn Jan. 1 in the Outback Bowl in Tampa.

A report ranked Gordon as the top running back among 2015 NFL prospects.