Montee Ball

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Montee Ball
Montee Ball
Ball in the 2013 preseason.
No. 28     Denver Broncos
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-12-05) December 5, 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth: McPherson, Kansas
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Wentzville (MO) Timberland
College: Wisconsin
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 58
Debuted in 2013 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Rushing yards 731
Rushing average 4.2
Rushing TDs 5
Receiving yards 207
Receiving TDs 0
Stats at NFL.com

Montee Ball, Jr. (born December 5, 1990)[1] is an American football running back for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). Ball played college football for the University of Wisconsin, was twice recognized as the best running back in the Big Ten Conference and was a consensus first-team All-American. He holds the NCAA Division I-FBS record for most career rushing touchdowns with 77 and the NCAA Division I FBS record for most career total touchdowns with 83.[2] The Denver Broncos selected him in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Ball was born in McPherson, Kansas. He attended Timberland High School in Wentzville, Missouri, where he played high school football for the Timberland Wolves. He was ranked as the number 33 running back in the nation and fourth-best player in Missouri by Rivals.com. He was named first-team all-state, all-metro, all-district and all-conference as a senior. As a senior, Ball carried the ball 213 times for 2,187 yards and 41 touchdowns. As a junior, Ball was named player of the year (St. Louis American), first-team all-state, all-metro, all-district and all-conference after putting up 358 carries for 3,077 yards and 32 touchdowns, and was recognized in Sports Illustrated magazine's "Faces in the Crowd" section. As a sophomore, Ball was named first team all-district and all-conference after carrying the ball 297 times for 1,845 yards and 15 touchdowns. As a freshman, Ball had 1,113 yards on 127 carries with 19 touchdowns. Ball was a team captain and team MVP as a sophomore, junior and senior. He holds the 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. Ball was also named to the all-academic list three times and was a two-time letterwinner in basketball.

College career[edit]

Ball enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, where he played for the Wisconsin Badgers football team from 2009 to 2012.

2009[edit]

As a freshman, Ball played in 9 of 13 games and finished second on the team in rushing yards (391), rushing touchdowns (4) and rushing attempts (98).

2010[edit]

Ball played in 12 games, including starts in the final four games. He began the 2010 season as the backup running back to John Clay, the 2009 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. Because Clay had offseason ankle surgery and later an MCL injury, Ball gained a prominent role in the Badgers' offense, along with freshman back James White. Ball led the team in rushing touchdowns, ranked second in rushing attempts and scoring, third in rushing yards and all purpose yards and fourth in total offense. His 18 rushing touchdowns tied for fourth-most in a single season, his 6.11 yards per carry is sixth-best in one season at Wisconsin, and his 108 points tied for sixth-most in one season at Wisconsin. At the end of the season, Ball was named consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten.

2011[edit]

Ball played and started in all 14 games. On October 15, 2011, he was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after throwing a 25-yard TD 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 November 5, 2011, Ball was named Big Ten Player of the Week after rushing for a career high 223 yards against the Purdue Boilermakers. During that game, Ball scored four touchdowns (three rushing and one receiving) which gave him 146 total points scored on the season. This broke Brian Calhoun's school record for total points in a single season of 144.

On November 12, 2011, Ball broke the single season Big Ten Conference record for touchdowns by rushing for two and receiving one against the Minnesota. Ball had 27 touchdowns (23 rushing and 4 receiving) at the end of that game. The previous record of 26 was held by Ohio State's Pete Johnson (1975), Indiana's Anthony Thompson (1988) and Penn State's Ki-Jana Carter (1994).

On November 19, 2011, against Illinois, Ball ran for a career high 224 yards and two touchdowns on a career high 38 carries. He also added a receiving touchdown and became the fifth player in NCAA Division I FBS history to score 30 touchdowns in a single season.

On November 26, 2011, Ball scored four touchdowns against Penn State, and four more in the Big Ten Championship game one week later, giving Ball 38 touchdowns on the season, which is 2nd all-time in FBS. He trails Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders, who scored 39 touchdowns in 1988.

Ball was one of three finalists for the 2011 Doak Walker Award joining Oregon's LaMichael James and Alabama's Trent Richardson. The award was given to Alabama's Trent Richardson.

Ball was named First Team All-Big Ten, by both the coaches and media, at the conclusion of the 2011 regular season. He was also the winner of two other Big Ten awards, the Graham-George Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year award (which was renamed in 2011 after of Northwestern's Otto Graham and Ohio State's Eddie George) and the Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year award, which was also renamed in 2011 after Wisconsin's Alan Ameche and Ron Dayne.[3]

On December 5, 2011, Ball was named one of five finalists for the Heisman Trophy. He was joined by Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu and Alabama running back Trent Richardson.[4] On the same day, Ball was named All-American by the AFCA, joining teammates Peter Konz and Kevin Zeitler.[5] Ball was also named an All-American by CBS, again joined by teammate Peter Konz.

On December 8, 2011, Ball was named First Team All-American by Yahoo Sports. His teammates Peter Konz and Kevin Zeitler were named to the second team and quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Chris Borland were named to the third team.[6]

On December 10, 2011, Ball was one of five finalists for the Heisman Trophy. He finished fourth in the voting, with 348 points (22-1st place, 83-2nd place and 116-3rd place points). Ball's fourth place finish was the highest in Wisconsin history for a non-winner of the award. He was joined by teammate Russell Wilson, who also received votes. Wilson finished ninth with 52 points. Baylor's Robert Griffin III won the award.[7]

On January 2, 2012, Ball scored his 39th touchdown of the season, tying him with Barry Sanders for most touchdowns in a single FBS season.

On January 5, 2012, Ball announced he would return for his senior year with the UW Badgers rather than enter the 2012 NFL Draft.

2012[edit]

Senior Introductions vs Ohio State
Ball in 2012

On October 13, 2012, Ball scored three rushing touchdowns against Purdue, giving Ball a career total of 72 touchdowns. This broke the Big Ten record and the Wisconsin record of 71 held by former Badgers running back Ron Dayne. He also ran for a career high of 247 yards against the Boilermakers.[8]

On November 24, 2012, Ball became the FBS career record holder for total touchdowns when he scored his 79th touchdown on a 17-yard run against Penn State.

On December 6, 2012, Ball won the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's top running back. He finished ahead of finalists Kenjon Barner of Oregon and Johnathan Franklin of UCLA. Ball was the second Badger to win the award. Ron Dayne won the award in 1999.

On January 1, 2013, Ball became the first player in Rose Bowl Game history to score a touchdown in three straight years.

College statistics[edit]

Year Team Att Yards Avg Long Rush TDs Rec Yards Rec TDs
2009 Wisconsin 98 391 4.0 35 4 9 92 0
2010 Wisconsin 163 996 6.1 44 18 16 128 0
2011 Wisconsin 307 1,923 6.3 54 33 24 306 6
2012 Wisconsin 356 1,830 5.1 67 22 10 72 0
College Totals 924 5,140 5.6 67 77 59 598 6

Records[edit]

NCAA single season records

  • Most touchdowns, season: 39 tied (2011)
  • Most consecutive games with two or more touchdowns: 13 (2011)
  • Most points scored by non-kicker: 236 (2011)

NCAA career records

  • Most touchdowns: 83 (2009-2012)
  • Most Rushing Touchdowns: 77 (2009-2012)

Big Ten single season records

  • Most touchdowns: 39 (2011)

Wisconsin single season records

  • Most touchdowns: 39 (2011)
  • Most rushing touchdowns: 33 (2011)

Wisconsin career records

  • Highest average yards per rush: 5.56

Professional career[edit]

2013 NFL Draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 214 lb 32 5/8 in 9 in 4.66 s 1.61 s 2.59 s 4.40 s 6.88 s 32 in 9 ft 8 in 15 reps
All values from NFL Combine[9][10]

Ball was drafted in the 2nd round, 58th overall by the Denver Broncos in the 2013 NFL Draft.

2013 Season[edit]

In his NFL debut, Ball had 8 carries for 24 yards in Denver's 49-27 win against the Baltimore Ravens. On October 27, 2013, Ball scored his first career touchdown on a 4-yard run against the Washington Redskins. On December 1, Ball had his best game of his rookie season, with 13 carries for 117 yards, including a 45-yard run, the longest of his career to date. He had another rushing touchdown against the Tennessee Titans that sealed the game for Denver.

2014 Season[edit]

Ball started in only three regular season games in 2014 and suffered a groin injury in week 5. He was placed on injured reserve on December 13, 2014, finishing the season with 172 yards and one touchdown.[11]

Career Statistics[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Year Team Games Played Attempts Yards Yards per Attempt Longest Rush Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
2013 DEN 16 120 559 4.7 45 4 35 2 2
2014 DEN 5 55 172 3.1 23 1 9 1 1
Total Total 21 175 731 4.2 45 5 44 3 3

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Receiving[edit]

Year Team Games Played Rec Targets Yards Yards per Rec Long Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
2013 DEN 16 20 27 145 7.3 31 0 10 1 1
2014 DEN 5 9 13 62 6.9 16 0 2 0 0
Total Total 21 29 40 207 7.1 31 0 12 1 1

[12]

Personal[edit]

Parents are Montee Sr. and Melissa Ball. Cousin Darius Hill played football at Ball State. Ball enjoys basketball, reading, and video games.

Ball is a Christian.[13]

Ball was assaulted in the early morning hours of August 1, 2012, while walking on University Avenue in Madison. The attackers were reported to be three black males unknown to Ball.[14][15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MySTACK Is Now The STACK Performance Center | STACK". Mystack.stack.com. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Complete All-Big Ten football teams". Detroit Free Press. November 29, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Finalists for 2011 Heisman announced | CollegeFootballTalk". Collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  5. ^ Mason, Brian (2011-12-05). "Ball and blockers Konz, Zeitler named All-Americans". UWBadgers.com. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  6. ^ "SEC dominates 2011 All-America Team - College Football - Rivals.com". Rivals.yahoo.com. 2011-12-08. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  7. ^ "Heisman Pundit". Heisman Pundit. 2013-11-19. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  8. ^ "Montee Ball Has Career Day". Dailypencil.com. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  9. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Montee Ball". Nfl.com. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  10. ^ "Montee Ball | Wisconsin, RB : 2013 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". Nfldraftscout.com. 2006-09-21. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  11. ^ [[2]date=December,13 2014 "Broncos place Montee Ball on IR publisher=Nfl.com"]. 2014-12-13. 
  12. ^ a b "Montee Ball Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "Klee: Faith links Super Bowl duo Russell Wilson and Montee Ball". 
  14. ^ "Montee Ball attacked by 5 men". ESPN. 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  15. ^ "UPDATE: Badgers Running Back Montee Ball Attacked". NBC15.com. 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 

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