PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02: Running back Montee Ball #28 of the Wisconsin Badgers leaps over John Boyett #20 of the Oregon Ducks in the third quarter at the 98th Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

NFL Draft 2012: Montee Ball Staying At Wisconsin

Standout Wisconsin running back Montee Ball will return to school rather than enter the 2012 NFL Draft.

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Montee Ball Given 'Third Round' Grade By NFL Draft Advisory Board

Wisconsin Badgers running back Montee Ball has decided to return to school for his senior season and made the announcement at a press conference Thursday. While he mentioned a desire to earn his degree and finish what he started at Wisconsin, Ball also told reporters that the NFL Draft Advisory Board gave him a grade of "third round," leading to his return.

"When they came back and said ‘third round,' I was really disappointed," Ball said, who earlier in the year mentioned he was hoping for a first or a second-round grade. "I do believe I'm better than third round. I'm really looking forward to bettering my stock and preparing even harder in the offseason."

While there has been backlash by many who feel Ball should have struck while the iron is hot, the Heisman candidate told reporters that he has faith the Badgers will be back in 2012.

"I'm really confident in what I'm capable of doing. I know for a fact that I will come into this season better than I did this (last) season," Ball said. "Other than that, we have other great players returning, and this is their year to shine. They're going to come in to work right next to me, and also lead this offense to another great year."

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

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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.

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NFL Draft 2012: Montee Ball Staying At Wisconsin, According To Report

Standout Wisconsin running back Montee Ball will reportedly return to school rather than enter the 2012 NFL Draft.

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