In a continuation of one of the odder football related stories of the summer, three 21-year-old Wisconsin students have been charged after they allegedly attacked fellow Badger and stud running back Montee Ball.
The Associated Press reported the news:
Wendell Venerable, Robert Wilks and Deonte Wilson appeared in Dane County Circuit Court on Monday where a judge continued their signature bonds. A criminal complaint says Ball was kicked and punched Aug. 1 as he walked in Madison. The complaint says a friend interrupted the attack when she threw herself over Ball on the ground.
The AP mentioned that witnesses used video footage captured from surveillance cameras from a nearby apartment building to identify the three men, and that witnesses overheard the three plotting to attack Badger football players for retaliation of a fight from a recent party.
Ball reportedly suffered a concussion from the alleged incident.
While Ball has not missed any time on the field, he certainly has not been as dynamic as last year.
After a 2011 season in which he rushed for 1,923 at 6.3 yards per carry and tied Barry Sanders' single-season touchdown record at 39, Ball entered this year with legitimate Heisman trophy hopes.
However, his 2012 is not going nearly as well as last season. In three games he has racked up 320 yards, and his highest yards per carry for any one game this year is 4.1.
He also had only 61 yards on 15 carries in Wisconsin's 10-7 loss to Oregon State.
These numbers are far off the pace from last year, and it is likely that the prodigious drop in production is related to the Badgers being a shell of what they were last year, as their offensive line has not been as dominant as it usually is.