Wisconsin senior running back Montee Ball, a 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist, was hospitalized after he was a victim of an "unprovoked assault" early Wednesday morning. Ball was released from the hospital and the school did not disclose the severity of his injuries, but the police report said Ball suffered head injuries. "My concern right now is for Montee's health and well-being," Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said in the release. "Montee has been released from the hospital and is under the care and supervision of our sports medicine staff. We will continue to evaluate him as we approach the start of fall camp this weekend. I do expect Montee to make a full recovery." Ball was considered a first-round caliber back after his junior season in 2011 but opted to return to the reigning Big Ten champions. The police report on the City of Madison (Wisc.) web site lists the details of the incident as follows: "A 21-year old man was attacked while walking in the 500 block of University Ave. early (Wednesday) morning," the report reads. "Witnesses said five men jumped the victim. He was knocked to the ground and kicked. The victim was taken to a hospital with head injuries. It does not appear he knew his attackers and this is being investigated as an unprovoked assault. The criminals were last seen running south on N. Frances St. toward the Kohl Center."
- Montee Ball