Talking Sports with Wisconsin running back Montee Ball prior to the Heisman announcement

Photos by Phil Wilgus. Heisman Gallery

Montee Ball, the Wisconsin junior running back, took time to do an interview with The Capital Sports Report. The interview took place during the media availability prior to the Heisman Trophy announcement.

Montee Ball at the Hesiman news conference

TCSR: Could you talk about coming to New York City?

MB: “We’re all down to earth guys, so it has been fun to be here with these guys. I will cherish this for the rest of my life. This is the first time I’m in New York, so I’ve been looking forward to it.”

TCSR: Could you talk about being a finalist for the Heisman Trophy?

MB: “My coaches and (former Wisconsin running back and Heisman Trophy winner) Ron Dayne told me to soak up the whole experience. I will remember this for the rest of my life.”

TCSR: Did you receive any advice from Tony Dorsett or Mike Rozier earlier today?

MB: “The one thing each guy has told me is that you must enjoy yourself. You are going to bounce from interview to interview and you’re tired the majority of the time, but you must enjoy yourself.”

TCSR: Could you talk about the re-commitment to yourself after being hampered by an ankle injury last season?

MB: “After my sophomore year, I really thought about changing positions. But I had to be honest with myself, so I’m sure my teammates really appreciate that. I want my teammates to make me feel accountable. From there on, I feel like I have done a good job re-committing myself.”

TCSR: Could you talk about being raised with good character?

MB: “Honestly, I believe I’m really easy to talk to. It’s not something that I do on purpose, but that’s how I’ve been brought up by my parents.”

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