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Timberland Grad Montee Ball Named Heisman Finalist

Ball is having a record breaking year for the University of Wisconsin Badgers.

Montee Ball, a junior running back for the University of Wisconsin and graduate, was named a Heisman Trophy finalist.

The nominations for the 2011 award were announced Monday night on ESPN's Sport Center. The Heisman is considered the highest individual honor in college football.

Ball had a in 2011.

According to ESPN, there are five finalists for the trophy, which will be awarded Saturday in New York.

The finalists are:

Ball has carried 275 times for 1,759 yards and 32 touchdowns, leading Wisconsin to the Big Ten championship and a berth in the Rose Bowl Game. He also was named the Big Ten Player of the Year.

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