MADISON, Wis. All indications suggest that running back Montee Ball can't possibly replicate the masterful season he produced a year ago. Too many changing parts at Wisconsin, pundits note. Not enough touches to go around in a deeper backfield, they'll add.
Plus, once-in-a-lifetime seasons that result in breaking more records than Disco Demolition Night rarely happen two years in a row.
Ball already has heard the chatter.
"The position I am in now, in the media and stuff, I can only do worse," Ball told FOXSportsWisconsin.com during Wisconsin's spring practices. "Being honest with you, it sucks."
Last season, Ball carried 307 times for 1,923 yards and 33 touchdowns to vault his way into Heisman Trophy finalist status. He scored at least two touchdowns in each of the first 13 games, setting an NCAA record. He broke the old Big Ten single-season rushing touchdown record by seven. And he also tied the single-season FBS record for touchdowns scored with 39, joining Barry Sanders ...