It wasn't exactly a horror-film compilation, though there were scenes that made Montee Ball want to cover his eyes.
Five times during the offseason, the sophomore tailback for the University of Wisconsin football team sat down and watched, from start to finish, a DVD distributed to him by running backs coach John Settle that consisted of each of Ball's 98 carries during his freshman season.
The clips were shot from video cameras located in the end zone, giving Ball a clear view of how each play developed. It was a good learning tool, even though there were times Ball wanted to reach into the screen and smack himself on the helmet.
"It's the worst," he said earlier this week. "You make a move inside, and then when you watch on film and you see daylight. You could have scored a touchdown going outside with it."
There was plenty for Ball to be happy about from his true freshman season. As a backup to Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Year John Clay, Ball finished with 391 rushing yards and four touchdowns despite not making his season debut until Week 5 at Minnesota. The highlight was a 31-28 victory at Indiana in which Ball, who took over after Clay left the game because he felt sick, finished with 27 carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns.
But Ball's film study confirmed to him that he left some yards on the field in 2009. Ball averaged 4.0 yards per carry, gained three yards or less 56 times — or 57 percent of his total attempts — and was stopped for a loss 16 times, or about once every six carries.
Lets hope Montee can become the next John Clay. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!