MADISON (WKOW) -- Badgers standouts Chris Borland and Melvin Gordon have been named semifinalists for some prestigious college football awards.
Borland is one of 16 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award. It is given to the most outstanding defensive player in the country. The senior linebacker is also one of 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, which is given to the top linebacker. Borland leads the Badgers with 57 tackles.
Gordon is one of 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award. That award honors the top collegiate player. The sophomore leads the Big Ten and is fourth in the country with 144.6 rushing yards per game. He leads the nation with 9.5 yards per carry and has 11 touchdowns.