It's the classic trick - put an object in one hand and keep everyone looking at it while the other is doing something completely different. For Wisconsin, Ball is the object everyone has been paying attention to and that was allowing a wide receiver by the name of Jared Abbrederis to flourish, but last week despite a running game that got going at times with Ball something was missing - namely any semblance of a down field passing game. That got me to wondering, are we focusing on the wrong player as the key to the Badgers success in 2012?
Yes, Montee Ball is a heck of a running back and a big component to the Badgers success, there's no denying that fact, but that doesn't mean he's the biggest key to success for this team.
After all, there's a stable of running backs more than capable of picking up the slack for any poor performances or god forbid an injury to Ball. No such player exists on this 2012 team (as of yet) that can even come close to matching the performance of Abbrederis.
Ball hasn't been spectacular in 2012, but backing him up has been James White who actually has a better yards per carry average than Montee (4.6 vs. 3.8 yards per game). It's not as if we aren't in capable hands there, let's not forget White is just over a season removed from a 1,000 yard campaign.
What's been killing this offense isn't the lack of a running game, it's been the lack of an ability to stretch the field with the passing game to help open the running game and that makes Jared Abbrederis the key to success in my book.no comments