According to the Touchdown Club of Columbus, Montee Ball was the most outstanding college football player in America this past season.

Ball has been named the winner of the Ohio organization's Archie Griffin Award, which the TDC touts as the only nationally recognized award presented at the conclusion of all bowl games, representing the sport's MVP for the entire season.

Past winners include Stanford's Toby Gerhart (2009), Texas' Colt McCoy (2008) and Ohio State's Troy Smith (2006), while USC's Matt Leinart and Miami's Ken Dorsey both won the award twice.

Ball was fourth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy, which went to Baylor's Robert Griffin III. The TDC doesn't release vote totals for its award.

The Griffin is the third award that Ball has received from the TDC of late. Last month, he was tabbed to receive the Jim Brown Award, presented to college football's top running back, and was named the Big Ten Player of the Year.

The Archie Griffin Award will be presented during the 57th Touchdown Club of Columbus Sports Awards Banquet on Feb. 11. It wasn't clear whether Ball will attend.

As a junior, Ball tied Barry Sanders' record for most touchdowns in a single season with 39 and led the nation with 1,923 rushing yards while helping the Badgers win the inaugural Big Ten championship game and earn a repeat trip to the Rose Bowl.

Ball announced earlier this month that he will return to Wisconsin for his senior season.

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