Wisconsin's Ball Named Heisman Finalist

Turns out a Big Ten single-season record 38 touchdowns is enough to garner an invite to New York City for the Heisman Trophy presentation. Wisconsin’s Montee Ball was named one of five finalists for the most prestigious award in college sports Monday night, the announcement coming live on ESPN by former Ohio State star and 1995 Heisman winner Eddie George. Alabama’s Trent Richardson, Baylor’s Robert Griffin III, LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu and Stanford’s Andrew Luck join Ball in NYC.

“So happy and excited for Montee Ball going to NY,” Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema tweeted. “Well deserved and great publicity for our football family.”

Ball ran for 1,759 yards and 32 TDs and added 255 yards and six scores through the air. The junior scored at least two TDs in every game and had quartet of four-TD games. Even more impressive, in the five games following Wisconsin’s back-to-back heartbreaking losses to Michigan State and Ohio State, Ball averaged 181.2 rushing yards and totaled 17 TDs on his way to helping the Badgers win the Leaders Division crown and the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game.

The Heisman will be presented Saturday night on ESPN. Here’s Montee Ball’s tweet afterv he got the news:

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kenneth crosby on 12/6/2011 @ 1:42am EDT Said:

as a true buckeye fan i can honestly say wisconsin has been an unofficial rival of ours for years so theres no love lost when we win.however talent is talent no matter what uniform it wears and i’m not reluctant to say that i believe montee ball is the best running back in the country,this young man is amazing i have enjoyed watching him this year,hopefully he goes pro,i’m sure he will,i dont want us to have to defend him again.though i’m sure griffin will win i think montee deserves all the hype he is the real deal,i hope my browns draft him,but thats another story.

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