GRIDIRON ALUMNI FOOTBALL NCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK: MONTEE BALL THE CLEAR FAVORITE FOR BEST RUNNING BACK?
Who do you think is the top running back in college football?
Despite his incident over the offseason, it seems clear that Montee Ball is going to be back in full force in 2012 with Wisconsin. In an offense that has traditionally favored the running back, Ball comes into the season seeming like the clear-cut favorite to be the best back in the nation.
Ball had nearly 2,000 yards rushing and well over 2,000 all-purpose yards for Wisconsin in 2011. Despite running backs like Trent Richardson departing for the NFL, Ball decided to hold on for his senior season.
Is Ball the best in the nation? Or could it be Marcus Lattimore from South Carolina? Lattimore will face some of the top defenses in the nation in the SEC, but still managed to average five yards per carry in 2011 before being injured.
Stepfan Taylor is also a running back to watch in 2012, as the senior will benefit from the Stanford style of offense, and should get a lot of work with the departure of quarterback Andrew Luck.