Montee Ball Returning To Wisconsin Instead Of Entering 2012 NFL Draft

Record-breaking running back Montee Ball will return to Wisconsin for his senior season.

Wisconsin Badgers running back Montee Ball has decided to return to school for his senior season.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel initially reported that Ball has decided to return for his senior season and the Heisman candidate held a press conference on Thursday.

"I took the time to take in everyone's opinions ... I listened to my heart and I will be returning for my senior season."

"I believe I am capable of playing in the NFL and contributing but I signed a 4-year letter of intent" to "Badger nation"

Ball, a consensus first-team All-American and finalist for the Heisman Trophy, tied Barry Sanders' NCAA record by scoring 39 touchdowns this season. His 1,923 rushing yards led the country and were the seventh-best total in Big Ten history. He also took home the Big Ten's Graham-George Offense Player of the Year Award and finished the season with 2,229 all-purpose yards, second-best in school history behind only Ron Dayne’s 2,242 yards in 1996.

For more on Ball's decision to stay, head over to SB Nation's Wisconsin blog Bucky's 5th Quarter.

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