Wisconsin first-team All-America running back Montee Ball suffered head injuries early Wednesday morning in what Madison, Wis., police are calling “an unprovoked assault.”
The police incident report states that five black males ranging from 5-foot-8 to 6-3 “attacked” the 5-11, 212-pound Ball, who was walking on campus at 2:15 a.m. Witnesses reported Ball was knocked to ground and kicked, suffering head injuries.
Ball was hospitalized, but was released later Wednesday morning. The attackers are still at large.
Coach Bret Bielema issued this statement: “Montee is under the care 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 is nation’s top returning vote-getter from last year’s Heisman Trophy race. He tied a 23-year-old national record last season by scoring 39 touchdowns.