If senior running back Montee Ball wasn’t already in special territory in University of Wisconsin football lore, he certainly is now.
Ball was named to the Associated Press All-America first team on Tuesday, the second straight year he has been so honored.
The only other Badger to be named to the AP first team twice was end Dave Schrei ner, in 1941 and 1942. Schreiner is one of six players in program history to have his number retired and his name on the facade at Camp Randall Stadium.
It’s another monumental achievement for Ball, who last week became just the second UW player to win the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top running back. Former UW tailback Ron Dayne, who also has had his number retired, won the Doak Walker in 1999.
Ball has set NCAA career records for touchdowns (82) and rushing touchdowns (76), and tied the NCAA single-season TD record of 39 in 2011.