By TOM LEA
WISCONSIN DELLS – Wisconsin senior running back Montee Ball has consistently said he returned for his final season in Madison to complete his college course load. He has said he made his parents a promise that he plans on keeping by graduating from the University of Wisconsin.
But from a football standpoint Ball returned with hopes of sealing a lifelong dream of his, one that doesn’t have anything to do with improving his draft stock, contending for a Heisman Trophy or preparing for the next step in his football playing career.
“It’s one of my biggest goals,” Ball, speaking minutes before UW’s annual Badger Days event inside the Kalahari resort in Wisconsin Dells Wednesday afternoon, said. “When I made my decision to come back it was something I was thinking about, being a captain at a Division 1 school.
“That’s really something I’m looking forward to.”
Ball, who has bulked up to 215 pounds after playing anywhere between 204 and 208 pounds a season ago, said he made strides as a leader during UW’s most recent spring camp. Though he didn’t participate in any tackling drills he still feels strongly about his ability to lead.
“Honestly I tell the running backs what to do,” Ball said. “But I’m going to make sure to tell the offensive linemen, defensive linemen and I’m going to even go on the other side of the ball and make sure to tell them what they’ve got to do better and work on.”
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