Dec. 11, 2012
• This Fall Belongs to Ball
MADISON, Wis. -- Just days after being named the nation’s top running back, Wisconsin senior Montee Ball was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press for the second-consecutive season.
Ball becomes the second UW player to earn multiple first-team All-America honors from the AP, joining College Football Hall of Famer Dave Schreiner, who was a first-team AP All-American in 1941 and 1942.
The NCAA’s all-time leader in touchdowns with 82 for his career, Ball was named the winner of the Doak Walker Award last week and has been named to five different All-America first teams this season.
In addition to his AP honor, Ball also has repeated as a first-team All-American on teams compiled by ESPN and the American Football Coaches Association. He has also been named first-team All-America by the Walter Camp Foundation and Pro Football Weekly.
Additionally, both CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated have given Ball second-team All-America nods this season.
Ball ranks in a tie for fourth all-time among Big Ten players with 5,040 career rushing yards and became the 17th player in FBS history to surpass 5,000 yards when he ran for 202 yards and three touchdowns in UW’s win over Nebraska in the Big Ten Football Championship Game.
For his efforts, Ball was named the Grange-Griffin Big Ten Championship Game MVP.
Ball has rushed for 200-plus yards four times in his career and has 25 100-yard rushing games to his credit, including nine this season. He ranks third nationally this season with 1,730 rushing yards and ranks in a tie for fourth with 21 rushing touchdowns.
The two-time defending Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year award winner, Ball led the Big Ten in rushing and scoring during conference play. He became the first player to lead the league in scoring in three consecutive seasons since at least 1939.
Ball was a finalist for the Chicago Tribune’s Silver Football award for the second-consecutive year. He won the award presented annually to the Big Ten’s MVP as a junior in 2011.