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Report: Heisman finalist Ball returning to UW

Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:51 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2012 3:36 pm
Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, a Heisman Trophy finalist, will return to the Badgers for his senior season, according to a report by the Wisconsin State Journal.

According to the report, the Badgers are looking at Jay Norvell, a co-coordinator at Oklahoma, as a potential replacement for offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, who is leaving Wisconsin to become the head coach at Pittsburgh.

 "Lots of speculation out there, leaning one way but just not ready to make an announcement yet, appreciate everyone’s patience," Ball tweeted Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Peter Konz, the No. 1 center and No. 25 overall prospect by, is leaning toward entering the draft, according to the State Journal report. 

Ball's 39 touchdowns in 2011 tied Barry Sanders' single-season FBS record, and he rushed for 1,923 yards. However, the 2012 draft is filling up quickly with intriguing running back prospects, with Ball rated as the sixth-best running back and No. 80-ranked prospect overall by

Miami's Lamar Miller, Washington's Chris Polk and San Diego State's Ronnie Hillman have already declared they are leaving early for the 2012 draft. Juniors Trent Richardson from Alabama and Virginia Tech's David Wilson could soon follow suit, as could Oregon's LaMichael James, all Top 100 prospects by along with seniors Doug Martin from Boise State and Isaiah Pead from Cincinnati.

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