"We've won the Big Ten championship and gotten to Rose Bowls, but we haven't won any of them. It gets to a point where you've had enough. You've got to win the big games, and the way you do that is by making enough big plays throughout the season. Coach [Gary] Andersen has been focusing on that, doing the little things and all the details.
"We're going all out on that and are ready to take that next step."
Gordon this spring flashed the same explosive speed that made him one of the top breakaway threats in college football last season. But he also looks sturdier than ever and wants to play at 212 pounds this season after playing at 207 a year ago. The good thing is that he won't have to go it alone. Similar to the way he did with James White in 2013 (when they combined for 3,053 yards), he'll share backfield duties with talented sophomore Corey Clement. They'll be running behind an offensive line that returns four of five starters.
"Corey is a power back. I am at times, too," Gordon said. "But Corey is really strong. That's his game. He's physical. He loosens them up, and then I come in and break them down and vice versa."