Football Report: Montee Ball's Heisman outlook

The Big Ten Football Report airs tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET and our crew takes a deep look at Wisconsin’s Montee Ball, one of five finalists for the Heisman Trophy. Tune in tonight as we present a ultimate season highlight reel and discuss his chances of winning Wisconsin’s’ third Heisman, and watch Ball’s Tuesday appearance on The Big Ten Pulse in this post. Also, click inside to vote for your favorite action photo of Ball from the past season.

A dual threat at running back, Ball found the end zone 38 times this season for the Badgers and he’s got the Rose Bowl still ahead of him. His 32 rushing touchdowns rank him first in the nation and so do his 1,759 rushing yards (find all of  Ball’s season’s stats are over here). Our five selected photos are below with a poll at the bottom.

Also on tonight’s Big Ten Football Report, we examine the impact of Saturday’s wide-open thriller of a Big Ten Football Championship game and break down the Big Ten’s chances for bowl domination this postseason. Also, our panel reveals their selections for top games, matchups and players this bowl season.

The winner of the Heisman Trophy is announced this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

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Ball rushes into the end zone for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium, the first of two meetings between these teams this season. (Photo by Andrew Weber- US PRESSWIRE)

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Ball shows off his moves against the UNLV Rebels at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers defeated the Rebels 51-17. (Photo by Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE)

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Ball knows how to find the end zone and here he catches a little air while scoring against Ohio State. (Photo by Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE)

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Ball has a nose for the end zone an shows it by squirting through the Penn State defense for another score. (Photo by Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE)

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Here Ball hands the ball to the referee after scoring yet another touchdown against the Michigan State Spartans in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Photo by Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE)


Your Opinion?
Show Comments (3 Comments)
Grant on 12/7/2011 @ 4:01pm EDT Said:

Ball should have every right to win, I think he should be second behind RG3. But because he goes to a BIG school and not the SEC he will end up probably 5th, behind a DB and return guy. Richardson will finish ahead of him which will show how really dumb this award has become. Ball is ahead of him in every category but no love.

    Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer on 12/8/2011 @ 7:38pm EDT Said:

    Look Ball had a GREAT season. I just think Trent Richardson may have been more impressive for two reasons:

    1. He didn’t have a QB like Russell Wilson to take heat off him. Instead, Richardson had soph A.J. McCarron, a work in progress that defenses didn’t feat.

    2. Richardson was the focus of defenses EVERY week. And they were SEC defenses, the best in the nation. Wisconsin foes had to worry about Wilson and Ball. Bama foes only had to worry about Richardson–and he STILL dominated for a team that’s playing for the national title.

Cathy on 1/1/2012 @ 8:30pm EDT Said:

Why don’t you say who is interviewing the people on your show and site. On most channels there is a bar that names the people on the screen but you seem to typically list the name of the person you are interviewing only.
There are three guys interviewing Ball for this segment and none on them are identified.
Who were they? Derek, Rick and ?