Heisman Trophy: Why Montee Ball Should Have Won the Award

Michael Mill@@MikeMill23Senior Analyst IIIDecember 11, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 03:  Montee Ball #28 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs the ball in the fourth quarter against the Michigan State Spartans during the Big 10 Conference Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The 2011 Heisman Trophy Award has gone to Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.

The debate has gone on for months about who deserved the award.

When the season started, the talks surrounded both Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and Alabama running back Trent Richardson as the favorites to win the prestigious award.

The two were finalists along with LSU's Tyrann Mathieu and Wisconsin's Montee Ball.

In recent weeks, the talks have surrounded both Robert Griffin III and Montee Ball.

Griffin is very deserving of the award, but there are still many who believe Ball should be the rightful winner.

Ball has had one of the greatest seasons by a running back in college football history.

He rushed for 1,759 yards, a mark that was the most in the country. His 38 total touchdowns is short of only Barry Sanders' record.

It's very likely that he breaks that record during Wisconsin's bowl game.

How can this get overlooked so easily?

We are talking about a record that many believed would never be broken.

The most impressive part is the competition that Ball faced while putting up these numbers.

Although it goes unnoticed, his primary production came against defenses that were ranked among the top third in the country.

In those games, Ball averaged 159.8 yards and three touchdowns. That's unbelievable production against some of the top schools in the country.

Robert Griffin III had a fantastic season. His play should not go unrecognized, but Ball is likely to have a season that will stand in the record books for years to come.

He doesn't have a trophy to show for it and he should.