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Notebook: Fellow finalists offer Ball tips

Montee Ball (USA Today Sports)

Rose Bowl notebook - Quarterback Joel Stave (broken collarbone) has been cleared to play, but will serve as Curt Phillips' backup.

LOS ANGELES – When it came time to get the scouting report on the Stanford run defense, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball went right to the source. He turned to fellow Doak Walker Award finalists Kenjon Barner of Oregon and Johnathan Franklin of UCLA during the presentation in Orlando. "I've asked a few questions about how they play," Ball said. "They said they're a lot faster than people think...

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