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Gordon seeks one more long run to win Heisman

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin junior Melvin Gordon’s decision to return to school a year ago and bypass the NFL draft has paid off.

He’s one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy, which will be presented Saturday night in New York.

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is considered the clear front-runner. Alabama receiver Amari Cooper is the third finalist.

Gordon has a Big Ten single-season record 2,336 yards rushing, along with 29 touchdowns. But his chances in the Heisman race may have taken a blow after being held to 76 yards on 26 carries in the Big Ten title game against Ohio State.

Still, this has been a memorable season for Gordon. He said being able to leave a legacy was important when he passed up the draft a year ago.


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