Morning State Sports Roundup: UW's Ball believes he'll play SaturdayWisconsin Sports
-- Wisconsin running back Montee Ball says he has “no doubt” that he’ll play in Saturday night’s Big Ten opener at Nebraska.
MADISON - University of Wisconsin running back Montee Ball says he has “no doubt” that he’ll play in Saturday night’s Big Ten opener at Nebraska.
Ball was reported to have suffered a concussion in last Saturday’s home win over Texas-El Paso. But he said yesterday that he did not believe he had a concussion. As Ball put it, “I think I was just a little dizzy,” after taking a blow to the head on a one-yard touchdown run. Ball said he feels fine after taking a cognitive test on Sunday. He’s expected to practice today, under the stipulation that his teammates cannot touch him on the field. If all goes well, he’s expected to have a bigger workload tomorrow. Ball says that if he’s cleared to play against the Cornhuskers, there’s no way he will sit out. The senior Ball leads the 3-1 Badgers with 360 rushing yards and three touchdowns. But he’s only averaging just under four yards per carry.
UW-Platteville receiver Ryley Bailey made the national Division III Team-of-the-Week from D3footbal.com. Bailey, a junior, caught 11 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns in Platteville’s 49-19 rout of Eau Claire last Thursday night. His catches and yardage were both career-highs for Bailey – and they were the most by a Platteville receiver in just over two years.