Wisconsin RB Montee Ball Wins 2012 Doak Walker Award

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2012

CORVALLIS, OR - SEPTEMBER 08:  Montee Ball #28 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs the ball against of the Oregon State Beavers on September 8, 2012 at the Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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Despite a lackluster season from the Wisconsin Badgers team around him, star running back Montee Ball had an amazing statistical campaign and has been declared the winner of the 2012 Doak Walker Award.

The Doak Walker Award is given to the best running back in all of college football for that year. Previous winners include Eddie George, Reggie Bush, Darren McFadden and last year’s winner, Trent Richardson.

In the college football regular season, Ball had 332 carries for 1,730 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Those unbelievable statistics made Ball the award winner over fellow candidates Oregon’s Kenjon Barner and UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin.


What It Means

This award caps off what has been one of the greatest college careers of any running back in the history of the sport.

With 82 career touchdowns, Ball leads every player in FBS history in that category.

That’s nothing to scoff at—the Wisconsin senior is a bona fide star.

With plenty of single-season and career rushing records with Ball’s name attached, the 2012 Doak Walker Award is just another piece of evidence that he is one of the greatest college football running backs in history.


What’s Next?

With his collegiate career over, Ball will look to enter the NFL draft and take his consistency to the next level.

Displaying a tough running style, and possessing the power to make an impact for almost any team in the league, Ball will be a star in the NFL.

There are a plethora of teams looking for a consistent starting RB, and the lack of injuries coupled with Ball’s versatility out of the backfield will have the Wisconsin star selected in the first round.

If Ball falls to the later rounds, he will be the steal of the draft.


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