Montee Ball swears it's OK if he doesn't win the Heisman Trophy.
Considering where he was in the middle of last season, buried on Wisconsin's depth chart and pondering his future in football, Ball says going to New York as a finalist for the award is enough for him.
After scoring a jaw-dropping 38 touchdowns and helping the Badgers to the Rose Bowl, Ball joins Alabama running back Trent Richardson, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu as finalists attending Saturday's ceremony.
For Ball, it's the high point in a remarkable one-year turnaround. He recommitted himself to football after falling out of favor midway through last season, and transformed himself into a home-run threat by shedding weight in the offseason.