NCAA Football News
In what seems like a regular thing at this point, the Wisconsin football team has a Heisman Trophy candidate in its backfield. This year, as well as last year, it's Melvin Gordon. And without James White coming in and "stealing" carries from the talented junior from Kenosha, Wisconsin, this could very well be the season that Gordon at least makes it to New York.
Though Gordon struggles in pass protection at times while also providing little help as a receiving threat, this is something he has worked on throughout the offseason, with ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reporting, "Gordon remained [after a spring workout], running routes and catching passes from walk-on quarterback Thad Armstrong."
With the hope that Gordon improves in the passing game, let's take a look at the over/under for just how good Gordon can be this season now that he is the clear No. 1 back for the Badgers with an outstanding line in front of him.
As a baseline, take a look at the table below to see his stats from his freshman and sophomore campaigns. Also keep in mind that Gordon played in three games in 2011—though it didn't count against his eligibility—amassing 98 yards on 20 carries to go with a touchdown.YearAttemptsYardsTouchdownsAverageLong2013 206 1,609 12 7.8 80 2012 62 621 3 10.0 60
The Tennessee Volunteers' 2014 schedule is widely regarded as one of the toughest in the nation. A big part of that is due to the extremely skilled players the team will match up against each week.
In fact, many of the opponents the Vols face this upcoming season have rosters loaded on both sides of the ball with All-SEC, All-American and even Heisman Trophy candidates.
Since Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter left for the NFL in 2012, Tennessee hasn't truly established any elite athletes on either offense or defense, although players like Marquez North, Cameron Sutton and A.J. Johnson could achieve that status with solid play this season.
In order to compete throughout the team's gauntlet of a schedule, the Vols need more exceptional playmakers of their own to emerge to offset the big plays generated by opposing superstar athletes.
Here are the top five toughest players Tennessee's offense and defense will face during the 2014 season.