Big Ten Football: Top 10 Heisman candidates

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Jan 1, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Corey Clement (6) reacts after he ran the ball in for a touchdown against the Auburn Tigers during the first quarter in the 2015 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It seems like every season, there could be a Wisconsin running back in the Heisman race. Last year, it was Melvin Gordon who took the nation by storm and before him it was Montee Ball who ended up breaking the college football touchdowns record.

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Corey Clement is the next great Wisconsin back to join the list as the junior was an instant sensation last year as Gordon’s backup. He rushed for 949 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 6.5 yards per carry.

Over his two-year career with the Badgers, he has averaged seven yards per touch and has over 1,400 yards and 16 touchdowns. He has shown that he has the ability to really break out in the way Gordon did two years ago and become a first-round talent.

Clement will get most of the rushing duties this season as he’s the only productive returning running back. He’s also solid in the receiving game as he caught 14 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns in 2014.

Without solid quarterback play with an unreliable Joel Stave under center, the Badgers’ offense, under new head coaching direction, will be relying heavily on the legs of Clement.

There’s going to be a new star in Madison this season in the backfield.

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