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#CFBTop20: No. 10, Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon

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Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon is one of the top two running backs nationally. Last season, he shared carries with James White (now with the New England Patriots) but still ran for 1,609 yards and 12 TDs, and should improve on both sets of numbers this fall. He has good speed and explosiveness, but can he catch? He hasn't shown that facet of his game yet. Almost 25 percent of his attempts (50 of 206) went for at least 10 yards last season, and in the past two seasons combined, he has seven carries that have covered at least 50 yards.

Pulling back the curtain on the vote

Gordon was all over the board with our seven panelists, perhaps more than any other player. He was ranked as high as third by one, three had him in their top 10, and two didn't rank him among their top 20.

What some of our analysts are saying about Gordon

"A big-play runner with outstanding speed and quickness, Gordon might be the best running back to come through Madison since Ron Dayne." - Bucky Brooks

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"More of a breakaway threat than your normal Wisconsin running back." - Charles Davis

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"Gordon doesn't get the publicity of his SEC brethren, but he averages 8.1 yards per carry and is a flat-out stud. He said he will end the running back drought in the first round of the draft and he certainly has the talent to do so." - Bryan Fischer

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"There are a lot of running backs who could make an argument for this list, but separating Gordon is one incredible stat: 8.1 yards per carry over the first three years of his career." - Chase Goodbread

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"There's nothing like a tailback that can take a simple pitch, run parallel to the line for a few steps, then stick his foot in the ground, make a quick cut and sprint 60 yards for a touchdown. Gordon does that better than any college tailback in the nation." - Mike Huguenin

Where do fans rank Gordon?

We asked Twitter and Facebook users who they considered the best player in college football. Of the 14 players to receive the more than 19,000 fan votes for top player, four were running backs, none were named Gordon. The Wisconsin marketing machine has its work cut out.

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