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Wisconsin Badgers RB Melvin Gordon Should be in Heisman Talks

Melvin Gordon

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

It’s still early in the 2013 college football season, but it’s never too early to talk about Heisman contenders. Players hate being dubbed the “September Heisman winner” — Denard Robinson of the Michigan Wolverines had been the winner of such award for at least the past two seasons.

Winning the September Heisman is a joke and, luckily for the players, September is almost over and no clear leader has been crowned. People talk about talented high profile players such as Johnny Manziel, Braxton Miller, Marcus Mariota and Teddy Bridgewater, but rarely do we hear about someone who plays running back who started the season as a backup.

What running back am I talking about? Melvin Gordon of the Wisconsin Badgers. The Badgers are sitting at 3-1, including a very controversial loss against Arizona State, but nothing has slowed down the sophomore back — not even the fact he splits carries with James White.

The sophomore has rushed the ball just 53 times this season for 624 yards and seven touchdowns through four weeks. The Big Ten‘s leading rusher has to be in the discussion for Heisman with his 11.3 yards per carry average and his seven scores. He has rushed for 140-plus yards in each of his first four games and, with the offensive line the Badgers have, I wouldn’t doubt if he did it a few more times this year.

This kid is pure talent and has to be in the discussion for top running backs in college football. In fact, he might be the best right now that no one is talking about.

Start taking notice, people. This kid is good.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.