Originally written on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 11/15/14
MADISON, Wis. The best running back in college football last season is gone, and so the natural inclination is to believe Wisconsin can't possibly attain a greater level of success without him. After all, what is better than the best? Technically, the answer would appear to be nothing. But if you combine the gifts of two returning players whose talent matches up with any tailback in the country, can you actually surpass the best? The question might sound like a bewildering riddle, but that is exactly the scenario Wisconsin faces as it continues with spring practices. Montee Ball, last year's Doak Walker Award winner and a former Heisman Trophy finalist, scored more touchdowns than any player in NCAA history (83). He also carried the ball 924 times in his career -- second-most in school history -- and unintentionally overshadowed the brilliance of his backups. Now, it's up to James White and Melvin Gordon to demonstrate why fans won't miss Ball as much as it seems on the surface....
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