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2015 NFL DRAFT

Montee Ball, RB

School: Wisconsin  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Wentzville, MO
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 214 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
6232
Career Notes
(Entering 2012) Ranks ninth in school hisotry and tops among returning rushers in the country with 3,310 career rushing yards ... second all-time at UW with 61 career touchdowns and 55 career rushing touchdowns ... needs 17 total TDs and 18 rushing TDs to tie the NCAA career records ... averaging 5.83 yards per rush, second-best in UW history, trailing only Ron Dayne (5.84) ... eighth all-time at UW with 16 career 100-yard rushing games ... ninth in school history with 3,836 career all-purpose yards ... enters the 2012 season having scored at least one touchdown in the last 20 games (54 total TDs in that span) ... has not lost a fumble in 617 career touches ... only the fourth player in history to run for at least 100 yards in back-to-back Rose Bowls (O.J. Simpson, Ron Dayne and Vince Young are the others)
2012 Season
Walter Camp Player of the Year watch list ... Maxwell Award watch list ... Doak Walker Award watch list ... First-team preseason All-American (Athlon's, Blue Ribbon, Lindy's, Phil Steele) ... Preseason Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year (Blue Ribbon) ... First-team preseason All-Big Ten (Athlon's, Lindy's, Blue Ribbon, Phil Steele) ... Earned third letter ... started all 14 games ... tied Barry Sanders' NCAA record with 39 touchdowns (33 rushing, 6 receiving) on the season ... scored at least two touchdowns in each of the first 13 games, an NCAA record ... led the country in rushing with 1,923 yards, the third-best total in school history ... also led the country with 2,229 yards from scrimmage (1,923 rushing, 306 receiving) ... Big Ten record of 33 rushing touchdowns (breaking old mark of 26) ... 6.26 yards per rush is fifth-best in UW single-season history ... 10 100-yard rushing games tied for the most in school history ... 2,229 all-purpose yards are second-most in school history for one season ... in five games against ranked teams he averaged 164.0 all-purpose yards and scored 15 TDs ... ran for 164 yards and a TD on 32 carries vs. Oregon in the Rose Bowl ... ran for three scores and 137 yards on 27 carries, caught three passes for seven yards and a touchdown and threw one pass for 32 yards against Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game on Dec. ... tied career high with 4 rushing touchdowns to go with 156 rushing yards on 25 carries against Penn State on Nov. 26 ... named UW's co-offensive player of the week after career-high 224 rushing yards and two touchdowns on career-high 38 carries and one touchdown reception at Illinois on Nov. 19 ... named UW's offensive player of the week after rushing for 166 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries and catching one pass for a five-yard touchdown to set the Big Ten single-season touchdown record at Minnesota on Nov. 12 ... named UW's and Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 223 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries against Purdue on Nov. 5 ... ran for a score and caught a TD pass against Ohio State on Oct. 29, finished with 85 rushing yards on 17 carries and 30 receiving yards on season-high three catches ... scored a rushing touchdown and added 115 yards on 18 carries to go along with a receiving touchdown and 24 yards on two receptions against Michigan State on Oct. 22 ... named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after throwing a 25-yard touchdown pass and scoring three rushing touchdowns with 142 yards rushing, including a career-long 54-yard rush, on 14 carries and 46 yards receiving on one catch against Indiana on Oct. 15 ... named UW co-offensive player of the week after tying career high with four rushing touchdowns and running for 151 yards on 30 carries against Nebraska on Oct. 1 ... found the end zone twice on the ground, running for 88 yards on 15 carries; also caught two passes for 21 yards against South Dakota on Sept. 24 ... scored two rushing touchdowns and rushed for 91 yards on 20 carries and caught two passes for 32 yards against Northern Illinois on Sept. 17 ... rushed 18 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns against Oregon State on Sept. 10 ... named UW's co-offensive player of the week after rushing for 63 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries and catching two passes for career-high 67 yards and the first receiving touchdown of his career against UNLV on Sept. 1
2011 Season
Heisman Trophy finalist ... consensus first-team All-American ... finalist for Doak Walker Award ... Graham-George Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year ... Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year ... winner of Chicago Tribune Silver Football ... won the Archie Griffin and Jim Brown Awards from the Touchdown Club of Columbus ... unanimous, consensus first-team All-Big Ten ... won team's Jimmy Demetral Team MVP
2010 Season
Consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten. ... Earned second letter ... played in 12 games including starts in the final four contests ... led team in rushing touchdowns, ranked second in rushing attempts and scoring, third in rushing yards and all purpose yards and fourth in total offense ... 18 rushing touchdowns in 2010 are tied for fourth-most in single season at UW ... average of 6.11 yards per carry is sixth-best in one season at UW ... 108 points scored in 2010 ties for sixth-most in single season at UW ... ran for 132 yards and scored one touchdown on 22 carries against TCU in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 (132 rush yards, 22 carries, 6.0 yards per carry all are ninth-most in UW bowl history; 40-yard run ties for 10th-longest in UW bowl history) ... season-high 178 yards, including season-long 44-yard run, and four touchdowns against Northwestern on Nov. 27; second player in school history to run for four touchdowns in consecutive games ... career-high four rushing touchdowns and 173 yards rushing on 29 carries and one reception for seven yards at Michigan on Nov. 20 ... in first career start, ran for 167 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries and caught one pass for nine yards against Indiana on Nov. 13 ... named UW's offensive player of the week after filling in for injured starter John Clay and rushing 21 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns while catching one pass for five yards at Purdue on Nov. 6 ... named UW's co-offensive player of the week after catching career-high five passes for 41 yards and rushed three times for 18 yards and one touchdown at Iowa on Oct. 23 ... did not play in win over No. 1 Ohio State on Oct. 16 ... gained 10 yards on three carries against Minnesota on Oct. 9 ... ran two times for six yards at Michigan State on Oct. 2 ... tallied 64 rushing yards and one TD on 11 carries and caught two passes for 25 yards against Austin Peay on Sept. 25 ... four receptions for 38 yards and had five rushes for 11 rushes against Arizona State on Sept. 18 ... rushed for 31 yards on nine carries against San Jose State on Sept. 11 ... scored two rushing touchdowns (second career 2-TD game) on 16 rushes for 79 yards and caught one pass for six yards at UNLV on Sept. 4
2009 Season
Earned first letter ... finished second on team in rushing yards (391), rushing touchdowns (four) and rushing attempts (98) ... played in nine of 13 games ... 328 of 391 rushing yards came over the last five games of the season... rushed 15 times for 69 yards and caught two passes for 14 yards against Miami in Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 29 ... carried 15 times for 78 yards, including career-long run of 35 yards, and one touchdown and caught three passes for 37 yards, including career-long reception of 30 yards, against Hawaii on Dec. 5 ... had 62 rushing yards on 16 carries and one catch for eight yards against Michigan on Nov. 14 ... named UW's co-offensive player of the week after season highs of 27 carries, 115 rushing yards and two touchdowns plus one catch for 11 yards against Indiana ... first touchdown of career, and had five carries for 21 rushing yards against Iowa on Oct. 17 ... made Badger debut and rushed for five yards on four carries against Minnesota on Oct. 3
High School
Ranked as the No. 33 running back in the nation and fourth-best player in Missouri (Rivals.com) ... No. 46 player in the Midlands Region (SuperPrep) ... first-team all-state, all-metro, all-district and all-conference as a senior ... 213 carries for 2,187 yards and 41 TDs ... conference all-academic ... Player of the Year (St. Louis American) ... Class 5A Player of the Year by the Missouri Football Coaches Association ... St. Louis Rams/NFL/College Hall of Fame 200 all-metro ... St. Louis Rams Golden Horn Award ... player of the year (St. Louis American) as a junior ... first-team all-state, all-metro, all-district and all-conference with 358 carries, 3,077 yards and 32 touchdowns ... appeared in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" ... St. Louis Cardinals Athlete of the Year as a sophomore ... St. Louis Post-Dispatch Sophomore of the Year ... second-team all state ... first-team all-district and all-conference ... 297 carries for 1,845 yards and 15 TDs... had 1,113 yards on 127 carries with 19 touchdowns as a freshman ... team captain and team MVP as a sophomore, junior and senior ... holds all Wentzville school district rushing records with career totals of 995 carries, 8,222 yards, 107 touchdowns and an average of 8.26 yards per carry ... three-time all-academic list ... two-time letterwinner in basketball ... head coach was Craig Collins
Personal
Parents are Montee Sr. and Melissa Ball ... cousin, Darius Hill, played football at Ball State ... enjoys basketball, reading and video games ... majoring in sociology
 
Latest News
03/07/2013 - 2013 Wisconsin Pro Day: Ball, who also ran the short shuttle drill in 4.11 seconds (down from the 4.40 number he mustered at the combine), long shuttle and positional drills, spent time chatting with a number of NFL scouts that made the trip to Madison. He even had an opportunity to talk with Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson, who actually encouraged Ball to run the long shuttle even though the former Badger standout had never previously ran it.

"He just talked to me about all the good stuff I've been doing on tape," Ball said. "He said I know how to play football and that I've been doing all the right things. He's very excited about me. He congratulated me on my career and said I did a good job. "He said I did a great job today and that I showed what I'm capable of doing."

Ball, as the NCAA's all-time leader in total touchdowns, obviously has an impressive highlight film. He is very confident in what he accomplished during his four seasons in Madison and hopes that film, combined with how he has performed both at the combine and UW's pro day, will help him realize his dream of being drafted into the NFL. Even if his name isn't called during the opening round. "I was actually talking to a lot of players about a week or two ago," Ball said. "In college you always want to say you go first round, but once you get here you just want to get drafted. I just hope I get drafted. "I would love to go first round, but honestly I just want to get drafted." - Tom Lea, ESPN Wisconsin

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