Wisconsin's Montee Ball Only B1G Player Named All-American

By Will Wilson
Mary Lagenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

Montee Ball has had quite the career at Wisconsin, setting record after record, earning a trip to New York as a Heisman finalist and leading the Badgers to two consecutive Big Ten title games.

He’s been overlooked by some this season after missing a few games with a concussion and not putting up the same type of numbers he did last year. Some would even say Ball was a bit disappointing this season, which is just blasphemous.

He’s not going back to New York this year as a Heisman finalist and he didn’t repeat as the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year. He did, however, receive All-American honors by the American Football Coach Association. He’s the conference’s only representative on the team and one of two players named in consecutive seasons. It’s a feat many would have predicted last year, but few would have this year.

He’s done everything since taking over the starting job in Madison, bursting through gaping holes and spinning away from defenders. He ranks second in the Big Ten and eighth nationally in rushing average (127.3 ypg), plus he leads the league in rushing touchdowns with 18. Just last week, he became the NCAA all-time leader in total touchdowns scored.

Ball will have a chance to close out his career in style in the Big Ten title game with a chance to return to the Rose Bowl. He’s healthy and has an offensive line that’s picked up their play during the tail end of the season.

He’s the first Wisconsin player to earn AFCA All-American honors twice in his career.

Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.

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