Ball shows better speed at Wisconsin pro day
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Running back Montee Ball was clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.46 seconds, a big improvement over his combine time, at Wisconsin's pro day.
The two-time All-American and NCAA's career touchdown leader ran a disappointing 4.66 last month at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.
"I knew I was capable of getting under a 4.5," Ball said. "So I'm pretty proud of myself. I had to prove that I can run.
"I think I've shown I'm a complete back with my (game) tape, and also what I'm capable of doing with my feet in the 40, my agility times and ability to catch the football."
Ball was among a group of former Badgers players who worked out for a large contingent of NFL scouts, coaches and general managers on Wednesday. At least 17 teams were represented at the event, including the Packers, Ravens, Seahawks, Saints and Patriots.
Ball's 40 time at the combine ranked 19th out of 33 running backs. He says he was dealing with a sinus infection in Indianapolis that might have slowed him down.
The 2012 Doak Walker Award winner participated in short and long shuttle runs, three-cone drills and catching exercises. He passed on the bench press.
"Really, I had my mind set on the 40, but also, to show (scouts) up close and in person that I can play football," Ball said. "I can go out, hit the cones and I can catch the football."
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