Ball, a Heisman Trophy finalist and the Big Ten’s offensive player of the year this season, announced his decision Thursday afternoon in Madison. He said the NFL draft advisory board gave him a third-round grade, which left him “disappointed.”
He lost significant weight after the 2010 season, but plans to put on more weight in preparation for the 2012 season.
Ball said he’s returning to “better myself, my stock and also my team.”
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Ball as the nation’s No. 5 junior running back.
Perhaps winning the Heisman is in Monte’s future along with a repeat for the Badgers as Big Ten Champs.