Found November 26, 2012 on Fox Sports Wisconsin:
Wisconsin-michigan
MADISON, Wis. Wisconsin senior running back Montee Ball has made a habit in his career of dominating Big Ten defenses. It's no surprise, then, that Ball has been named the Big Ten's Running Back of the Year for a second consecutive season. Ball, a consensus first-team all-conference selection, was announced as the Ameche-Dayne winner on Monday. He joins left tackle Ricky Wagner and wide receiver Jared Abbrederis as consensus first-team all-conference honorees from Wisconsin. Junior tight end Jacob Pedersen was named the Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year. The award is named for Penn State's Ted Kwalick and Iowa's Dallas Clark. Ball is the only player in the nation to eclipse 1,500 rushing yards in each of the past two seasons. He has rushed for 1,528 yards this year with 18 touchdowns and finished conference play with a league-best 1,168 rushing yards (146.0 per game) and 15 touchdowns. A year ago, he rushed for 1,923 yards and scored 39 total touchdowns to tie the single-season FBS record. Last week against Penn State, Ball set the all-time touchdown record with his 79th score, surpassing Miami (Ohio) running back Travis Prentice's 78, set in 1999. Pedersen recorded his fourth touchdown reception of the season on a pass from quarterback Curt Phillips with eight seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime against Ohio State. His 14 career touchdown catches are tied for 11th all-time at Wisconsin. In total, Wisconsin nabbed 15 All-Big Ten selections, including seven first-team honorees, which ties Ohio State for the most first-team picks. Last year, Wisconsin had a school-record nine first-team selections. Before last season, the last time Wisconsin had as many as seven first-team All-Big Ten selections was 1999. Junior center Travis Frederick and senior linebacker Mike Taylor were each voted first team by the media and earned honorable mention selections from the coaches. Pedersen and junior linebacker Chris Borland were voted first team by league coaches and honorable mention by the media. Junior left guard Ryan Groy earned a second-team nod from the coaches and honorable mention honors from the media, while senior cornerback Devin Smith was voted to the second team by the media and honorable mention by the coaches. Cornerback Marcus Cromartie, defensive end David Gilbert, punter Drew Meyer and safety Dezmen Southward were consensus honorable mention selections. Defensive tackle Ethan Hemer was selected honorable mention by the coaches. Senior safety Shelton Johnson was selected as Wisconsin's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner. Wisconsin will play Nebraska on Saturday in Indianapolis for the Big Ten championship and a spot in the Rose Bowl. Follow Jesse Temple on Twitter.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Ball named AFCA All-American again

MADISON, Wis. Those who labeled Wisconsin running back Montee Ball's season a failure after four weeks are certainly eating their share of crow now. Despite a rocky start, Ball was named on Wednesday to the 2012 American Football Coaches Association All-America team. He is the only Big Ten player represented on the list and becomes the first Wisconsin player to earn AFCA All...

Wisconsin's Ball leads all-Big Ten selections

Career touchdown leader Montee Ball of Wisconsin was selected the Big Ten's top running back for the second straight year and was a first-team all-conference pick by both the coaches and media. The announcement Monday came two days after he became the NCAA's all-time leader in touchdowns. He set the record with his 79th TD when he scored on a 17-yard run Saturday against...

Ball named 1st team All-American

The first of the countless All-American teams out there came down today as the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) named their All-American's. On that list was one Montee Ball, who became the only Badger in history to be named a 1st team All-American in back-to-back seasons by the AFCA.  Ball was also the only offensive player on the team to return from the 2011...

Ball leads all-Big Ten selections

Career touchdown leader Montee Ball of Wisconsin was selected the Big Ten's top running back for the second straight year and was a first-team all-conference pick by both the coaches and media. The announcement Monday came two days after he became the NCAA's all-time leader in touchdowns. He set the record with his 79th TD when he scored on a 17-yard run Saturday against...

Can Badgers leave their baggage behind?

MADISON, Wis. When the pulse of a town and ultimately one's job security hinges on the outcome of football games each Saturday in the fall, a college coach will delve to great depths to summon an answer for a loss. Sometimes, he may even turn to a higher power. Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema has endured a season unlike any in his seven-year tenure with the Badgers. Six new assistant...

Gophers offense struggles mightily vs. MSU

MINNEAPOLIS Already bowl eligible, the University of Minnesota football team had less on the line than the visiting Michigan State Spartans on Saturday. MSU came to TCF Bank Stadium with a 5-6 record, needing one more win to become bowl eligible. The Spartans took care of business, beating the Gophers26-10. Minnesota's loss was overshadowed by yet another seizure by head coach...

Ball, Burkhead should be at best in B10 title game

Two of the Big Ten's best running backs will be on the field when Wisconsin and No. 14 Nebraska meet in Saturday night's conference championship game. Wisconsin's Montee Ball has been at his best lately after a slow start. Nebraska's Rex Burkhead is running strong after missing a month with an aggravated knee sprain. The two have long admired and learned from each...

Line's resurgence justifies early-season change

MADISON, Wis. Reflections 80 days after Wisconsins worst performance of the football season come with the kind of blunt, honest criticism members of the teams offensive line couldnt diagnose when they were too close to the situation. Back on Sept. 8, they had no answers. Wisconsin lost a stunning 10-7 decision at Oregon State that day, and the Badgers flaws were obvious. A program...

2012 All Big Ten Football Teams

Tonight the Big Ten will release the 2012-13 All Big Ten football teams. I offer my picks below. OFFENSE First team QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State RB: Montee Ball, Wisconsin RB: Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State WR: Allen Robinson, Penn State WR: Kenny Bell, Nebraska TE: Kyle Carter, Penn State OL: Travis Frederick, Wisconsin OL: Spencer Long, Nebraska OL: Andrew Norwell, Ohio State...

Gophers' offense left searching for answers

MINNEAPOLIS Turnovers and a lack of offense plagued the University of Minnesota football team in Saturday's 26-10 loss to Michigan State in the regular-season finale. The Gophers held a brief one-point lead in the first half but were outscored 13-3 after halftime as they fell to 6-6 on the season. Here are the grades for Minnesota's lackluster performance against the Spartans...

Badgers, No. 14 Huskers know all about close games

The courses for the Big Ten championship game opponents were set when they met in late September. Nebraska came back from a 17-point, third-quarter deficit to beat Wisconsin 30-27 in the conference opener. The 14th-ranked Cornhuskers continued to win close games. The Badgers kept losing them. Another tight game is expected when Nebraska (10-2, 7-1 Big Ten) and Wisconsin (7-5,...

Penn State Finishes 2012 Season with Overtime Win over Wisconsin

Buzz On Broad is proud to bring to you a brand new segment called "Inside PSU." We are all aware of the recent events surrounding the proud university involving some deranged higher-ups formerly employed by Penn State. The 2012 football season at PSU marks the first season under a new regime and even more monumentally, the start of a brand new chapter in Penn State history...

2012 Big Ten Championship: Nebraska Cornhuskers at Wisconsin Badgers Preview & Prediction

On Saturday night, the Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-2) and the Wisconsin Badgers (7-5) will face off in the second Big Ten Championship Game. While the game features last year’s champion, Wisconsin, this season’s championship has a much different feel then the Wisconsin-Michigan State classic from 2011, and the two teams’ paths to this game couldn’t be much different. Nebraska Cornhuskers...

Sexy Six Week 14: You Hear That? K.M’s Coming (Bryan: 44-33-1, $1,090, K.M: 42-35-1, -$550, HH: 24-14 $620)

Well well well what do you know? I was concerned about K.M Venne. Our chance at going back to back on the three-feature profit was in danger with his Week 12 performance. It looked like a long shot he’d be able to get it back. Nonetheless week 13 rolls around and K.M drops a +480 week to get himself back to a -550 and now week 14 becomes a must have week for our resident Virginia...

Nebraska-Wisconsin Preview

Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema understands a lot of people believe his Badgers don't deserve to be playing in the Big Ten championship game. Asked if he's insulted by the sentiment, he says he's not. ''I appreciate the question and understand it totally,'' he said Sunday. ''I think there are 10 teams out there in the Big Ten that would love to...
College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.