MADISON, WI (WSAU) Wisconsin running back Montee Ball was named a first-team All-American today by the Associated Press. It was the second year in a row that Ball received the honor.
Badgers’ legend Ron Dayne made the A-P first team just once – but he won the Heisman Trophy in 1999, while Ball was a finalist for the award a year ago. Ball was the only Badger named to this year’s top grouping. And he thanked fans and friends on Twitter for their congratulations.
Ball became the N-C-A-A’s all-time leader this season with 82 total touchdowns. And he’s one of just 17 players ever in the top division to have rushed for five-thousand yards in a college career.
Ball is also the first player since at least 1939 to lead the Big Ten in scoring for three straight seasons. He was named the Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year in the first two seasons the Big Ten presented the award.