Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE
The hardware keeps on comin'.
Wisconsin running back Montee Ball was named a first-team All-American by The Associated Press on Tuesday. Ball has now won the award in two consecutive seasons, a feat not even Badger great and the 1999 Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne achieved.
In his senior season, Ball rushed for 1,730 yards on 332 carries (5.2 yards per) and added 21 touchdowns. He is also the NCAA's all-time leader in both touchdowns (82) and rushing touchdowns (76). Among all-time Big Ten rushers, Ball is tied for fourth with 5,040 career rushing yards. Only 16 other players in NCAA history have eclipsed 5,000 yards.
Ball overcame a brutal offseason assault that gave him a concussion, as well as another concussion suffered in the Week 3 game vs. UTEP. Ball also won the Doak Walker Award last Thursday and the meche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year award (for the second straight year, as well).
The rest of the AP All-American teams can be found here.