Montee Ball Will Return To Wisconsin Next Year

By Tony Piraro

The Wisconsin Badgers 2011-12 Heisman candidate will return to school next season for his senior year. The Badgers back set all sorts of records for Wisconsin and college football this past season. Ball ended up losing the Heisman Trophy to Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.

This past season, Montee Ball rushed for 1,923 yards and 33 touchdowns on the ground. He had six receiving touchdowns, alongside 306 receiving yards. Ball also had a passing touchdown to his quarterback Russell Wilson. The Wisconsin superstar running back eclipsed Barry Sanders all-time record for most TD’s in one season (39) during the Rose Bowl against Oregon with touchdown No. 40 total.

Ball rushed for 164 yards and a touchdown against the Ducks during the Rose Bowl, as the Badgers fell 45-38 in the highest scoring Rose Bowl game in history. The Badgers back will team-up with fellow running back James White next year, as they showcase the best running back combo in the country.

Even though Russell Wilson will be playing professional baseball or football, the Badgers offensive line will be stout, enabling the Badgers’ backs to run free en route to another Heisman candidacy. Wisconsin does know one thing…their most valuable offensive weapon will be back on campus next season. That is a great start for the 2011 B1G 10 Champions.

Ball was thought by some to be the best NFL running back prospect in college football if he declared for the draft. However, the mature and stoic running back wants one more year in college and who can blame him? Either way, the NFL is licking their chops as they wait for the multi-talented Montee Ball.

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