Austin grad Marcus Ball named to D3 All-American football team

Published 6:39 pm Monday, December 21, 2009

Even a season with some nagging injuries early and a lot of attention throughout the season, UW-Stout defensive end Marcus Ball, a senior from Austin, earned D3football.com first team All-America honors.

In nine games, Ball compiled 12.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks this season, despite seeing double teams throughout the season. Ball forced three fumbles and had an interception. Ball is a two-time first team all-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) selection.

Ball recorded his first and only career interception and returned that for a 14-yard touchdown against UW-Platteville. Ball also played in three games as a blocking fullback and did carry the ball once.

Ball finished his two-year UW-Stout career with 22.5 career sacks and 37.0 tackles for loss.

Ball played in the Tazon De Estrellas, a Division III all-star game, on Team Stars and Stripes. The team lost, 24-12, to Tec Monterrey All-Stars, despite a fourth quarter comeback. Ball was one of the team captains.