Rookie RB Montee Ball fixes fumbling issues

ARNIE STAPLETON (AP Pro Football Writer)
The Associated Press
Rookie RB Montee Ball fixes fumbling issues
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Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) and running back Montee Ball (28) celebrate after Ball scored a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the third quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Denver. The touchdown was the first of Ball's NFL career. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Montee Ball was known at Wisconsin as a reliable, durable running back, not a fumbler. In 924 carries he coughed it up just twice, and one of those came when he was knocked cold.

So, when he matched that total in the NFL in just 31 carries, alarm bells went off around Denver Broncos headquarters.

Running backs coach Eric Studesville soon found the flaw and offered a subtle solution: tucking the football into the crook of his elbow a split-second faster.

Ball hasn't put the ball on the ground since.