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Montee Ball has decided to come back for his senior season, which comes as a big surprise because most expected the Heisman invitee to leave for the NFL.
He tied Barry Sanders' record for the most touchdowns in a season (39), and he did it with electrifying slashes, dashes, and spins.
The superstar north-south runner will have another crack at putting up a huge year, though he will to have do it without Russell Wilson.
Ball obviously feels that he has a point to prove, but the third-round grade that he received obviously played a vital role.
Jon Budmayr will likely be the favorite to start next season at quarterback, and three offensive linemen will be returning. Throw in exceptional backup James White, tight end Jacob Pedersen, and wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, and this offense should be a force to be reckoned with once again.
Without Ball, the Badgers were barely a Top 20 team in most rankings for 2012, but now they seem to be a lock to have another double-digit season, counting bowl games. They are also a division favorite to reach the Big 10 Championship.