As originally reported by Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Wisconsin Badgers running back Corey Clement will return to the school for his senior year instead of entering the NFL Draft.
The decision was no doubt motivated by Clement appearing in only three games for the Badgers this season, compiling only 29 carries on the season. In his three seasons in Wisconsin, Clement has only been the starting running back for one season, 2014, when he earned over 1,000 yards from scrimmage and scored 11 touchdowns, including two receiving touchdowns.
Clement has had one of the best rushing averages in the nation since he debuted in 2013. Among running backs with at least 200 rushing attempts since 2013 (Clement has 243), his 6.8 yards per attempt is tenth-best in the country. That mark is just ahead of Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliot (6.7 YPA), and among the players who have rushed for better averages than Clement are current NFL backs Tevin Coleman, Carlos Hyde, and Jeremy Hill.
Wisconsin finished the year with a 9-3 record, although that was mostly on the strength of their defense, which allowed 13.1 points per game, the best rate in the country. The Badgers play USC at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego on December 30.