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America's Best Backfield 2012: Montee Ball, James White, Melvin Gordon Highlights

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Published on Jan 17, 2013

Montee Ball Highlights start at 0:11
James White Highlights start at 7:42
Melvin Gordon Highlights start at 11:15

At Wisconsin, we pound the rock.

In 2012, three Wisconsin running backs showed the nation why Wisconsin could (or should) be referred to as "Running back-U". Senior Montee Ball, Junior James White, and rsFreshman Melvin Gordon together accounted for over 3,500 yards, averaging 6 yards per carry, and scoring 39 touchdowns. They were, for all intents and purposes, most of Wisconsin's offense that season.

And what a memorable season it was, both for an unusually troublesome and slow start, as well as for the rushing explosion which happened later. Montee Ball, the leader of the group, surprised many by returning to Madison after a historic 2011 campaign. Despite suffering an off-season attack & concussion, he led the unit in yards and touchdowns, on his way to becoming the NCAA's All-Time touchdown king, one of several records he holds. He was a unanimous First-Team All-American selection by numerous publications, as well as the Doak Walker Award winner for being the nation's best running back.

On the other side, James and Melvin both displayed greatness in their own right, most often with big-play ability and speed. All together they were a fearsome threesome for opponents, and one which Badger fans enjoyed watching all season.

Their success was due in large part to the play of their offensive line as well as their coaching by Thomas Hammock.

Photos used in this video are courtesy of Neil Ament.

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