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Overall Unit: B
Perhaps many expected more out of Montee Ball and company against an FCS opponent, but the fact of the matter is that Montee Ball and James White combined for 167 yards and a touchdown, and that's not bad at all.
Northern Iowa proved to be a formidable opponent, and its defense kept the Badgers' rushing attack in check more often than not.
Ball was a workhorse, carrying the ball 32 times for 120 yards. He also sealed the game with a big third-down run to drain the clock out to zero and caught a few passes lined up in the slot, an interesting wrinkle from offensive coordinator Matt Canada.
In my opinion, a slightly sub-par performance by the Badger backfield can be attributed to the big uglies up front more than anyone.
Unfortunately, we didn't get a look at guys like Melvin Gordon and Jeff Lewis because of the close proximity of the final tally, but there will be other chances to get a look at the exciting young running talent this season.
Fullback Derek Watt made some plays out of the backfield, but he did have a drop. Still, it appears the freshman is working his way into a starting role.