MADISON, Wis. Wisconsin running back Montee Ball has drawn national attention for having an innate ability to dart around or bulldoze through defenders on his way to the end zone. During his college football career, he has done it with a frequency surpassed by only one man.
But what type of player would Ball be if he were a linebacker? Strange as it may sound, it's a position Ball considered playing just two years ago after coaches did not insert him into a game against Ohio State. He went home that night, and in the quiet moments of solitude and self-reflection, decided maybe he should switch to linebacker, a position he grew up playing.
Fortunately for Wisconsin, it never reached that point.
"I have some years of experience with linebacker, but I don't think I'd be pretty good right now," Ball said Monday. "I'm glad to see I stuck with running back."
Following a three-touchdown performance last Saturday against Indiana, Ball now stands just...