The speculation has gone back and forth whether or not Wisconsin junior running back Montee Ball will enter the 2012 NFL Draft. Ball has said in the past his decision will be predicated on the grade he receives from the NFL Draft advisory board. First or second round and he's gone. Third or fourth and he'd return for his senior season with the Badgers.
Ball had an interesting quote on USAToday.com about his decision.
"Basically, I looked myself in the mirror and told myself what I needed to do for me, what I needed to do for my family and for my teammates," Ball said. "And that's what it came down to."
That has led to much speculation this afternoon that Ball will be returning to Wisconsin. But Ball quieted those rumors, at least temporarily.
Lots of speculation out there, leaning one way but just not ready to make an announcement yet, appreciate everyone's patience," Ball wrote on Twitter.
The likeliest scenario is that Ball received a solid third-round grade from the advisory board. That has to leave him going back and forth on his decision. If he does return, it would be nearly impossible to duplicate his season 1,932 rushing yards and 39 total touchdowns.