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OUTLOOK: Mark Ingram became Alabama's first Heisman Trophy winner in 2009 as he helped lead the Crimson Tide to the school's 13th national title, its first since 1992 ... just the sixth player to win the Heisman and a national championship in the same season since 1950 ... also the first running back to capture the Heisman and a national championship in the same season since Tony Dorsett (Pittsburgh) in 1976 ... possesses a rare combination of power and quickness ... a semifinalist for the 2010 James E. Sullivan Award, which is given to the nation's most outstanding amateur athlete across all sports ... a 2010 Playboy Preseason All-American ... set the school single-season rushing record with 1,658 yards in 2009 ... has 2,386 yards rushing on 414 carries and 29 rushing touchdowns, including 20 total scores in 2009 ... has caught 39 passes for 388 yards and three scores ... Sporting News National Player of the Year ... a unanimous first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC choice ... as well as the SEC Offensive Player of the Year ... a Freshman All-SEC selection by league coaches in 2008 after playing in all 14 games, gaining 728 yards and averaged 5.1 yards per carry ... led the team with 12 rushing touchdowns in 2008 that set the Alabama freshman record ... selected as the team's Offensive Achievement Award winner in 2008 as an underclassman who played a critical role in the effectiveness of his unit ... selected as the Dixie Howell Memorial Most Valuable Player of the 2010 A-Day Game ... also won the Derrick Thomas Community Service Award following 2010 spring practice.
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Alabama's first Heisman Trophy winner ... set Alabama's single-season rushing record with 1,658 yards while catching 32 passes for 334 yards ... produced the second-most all-purpose yards in a single season at Alabama with 1,992 ... a unanimous first-team All-America (AFCA, FWAA, AP, Sporting News and Walter Camp) ... was named the Sporting News National Player of the Year ... finalist the Maxwell Award, Doak Walker Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year ... the Associated Press SEC Offensive Player of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-SEC selection by the AP and coaches ... finished with 20 total touchdowns - 17 rushing and three receiving ... ranked 11th nationally in rushing yards per game (118.43) ... played his best against the Tide's best competition with a rushing average of 156.8 yards per game against UA's six top-25 opponents and 188.8 rushing and receiving yards in those games ... averaging 149.3 yards per game against seven defenses that ranked in the nation's top 30 for total defense (Virginia Tech, South Carolina, LSU, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida and Texas) ... finished with 1,075 yards after contact, 54 percent of his 1,992 yards rushing and receiving ... second in the SEC in overall scoring (including kickers), trailing his teammate, Leigh Tiffin, and first in touchdown scoring ... had 1,143 yards in nine games against SEC competition (including the SEC Championship Game) ... had 271 rushing attempts with 87 going for first downs or touchdowns ... eight of his 32 receptions went for first downs ... among the national leaders in rushes of 10 yards or more with 49 ... also had 31 rushes of 15 yards or more and 21 (17 rushing, 4 receiving) plays of 20 yards or more ... Ingram ranked 32nd nationally and third in the SEC with 142.29 all-purpose yards per game ... had at least one rushing touchdown in 11 of the Tide's 14 games of the 2009 season and in 14 of his last 18 games ... set the Alabama record with nine 100-yard rushing games ... also had a 91-yard effort on eight carries at North Texas and 99 yards against Tennessee ... has lost just one fumble in 414 career rushing attempts and 39 career receptions for a total of 453 career touches ... went 321 career touches before losing his first fumble ... has only put the ball on the ground twice in his career (at LSU in 2008 and vs. Tennessee in 2009) ... a two-time SEC Offensive Player of the Week (Virginia Tech and South Carolina) ... was selected as the offensive player of the week seven times by the Alabama coaching staff. Virginia Tech: Torched the No. 7 Hokies' defense for 150 yards and a touchdown on the ground to go along with three receptions for 35 yards and another score ... rushed for 81 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown in the fourth quarter alone ... named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week and the UA coaches' player of the week. Florida International: Came off the bench after missing most of the practice week with the flu ... still gained 56 yards on 10 carries and caught a career-best four passes for 47 yards. North Texas: Started and was extremely effective in limited touches ... carried the ball just eight times for 91 yards, an impressive 11.4 yards per carry average ... scored his third rushing touchdown of the season and then found the end zone on his second receiving score of the year ... caught three total passes for 38 yards ... finished with 129 all-purpose yards. Arkansas: Pounded the Hogs' defense for 50 yards on a punishing 17 carries ... scored one rushing touchdown and also scored on a 14-yard pass from quarterback Greg McElroy ... finished with three receptions for 21 yards and 71 all-purpose yards. Kentucky: Exploded for 140 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns ... scored on runs of 11 and 32 yards ... had five rushes for first downs ... caught one pass for six yards ... the 140 yards was the second-highest output of his career ... averaged 6.4 yards per rush ... was named the offensive player of the week by the coaching staff. Mississippi: Turned in a career-high rushing performance with 172 yards on a career-high 28 carries in a 22-3 win over the Rebels ... scored his seventh touchdown of the year ... also caught three passes for 16 yards ... had four first-down rushes and one first-down reception ... busted loose on a 36-yard touchdown run ... earned offensive player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff. South Carolina: Broke the Bryant-Denny Stadium rushing record with a career-best 246 yards on 24 carries against the Gamecocks ... averaged 10.2 yards per carry, the third-best mark in school history by a back with at least 20 carries ... led a six-play, 68-yard drive in the fourth quarter to seal the game, carrying five times out of the wildcat formation and then scoring on a quick pitch from four yards out ... named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week ... also caught two passes for 23 yards ... 165 of his 269 all-purpose yards came after contact. Tennessee: Rushed for 99 yards on just 18 carries against the Volunteers ... eight of his 18 attempts went for first downs ... broke free for a 25-yard gain in the first half. LSU: He rushed for 144 yards on 22 carries against the Tigers' defense that entered the game allowing just 90.25 yards per game to opposing teams ... averaged 6.5 yards per carry ... also caught a career-high five passes for 30 yards ... converted five first downs (four rushes, one reception) ... recorded his fifth 100-yard rushing effort of the season and his seventh effort of 90-plus yards. Mississippi State: Rolled up his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season with 149 yards on 19 carries ... caught one pass for nine yards ... 60 of his 158 total yards came after contact ... scored two touchdowns, including a career-long 70-yard burst in the fourth quarter. Chattanooga: Rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries ... left the game with 9:53 remaining in the second quarter after breaking a 40-yard touchdown run ... had a 25-yard, highlight-reel touchdown run in the first quarter that saw him break four tackles and carry two defenders into the end zone ... moved into second place on the Tide's single-season rushing list (1,399 yards through 11 games). Auburn: Caught three passes out of the backfield for 21 yards ... rushed 16 times for 30 yards ... left the game in the fourth quarter with a hip pointer. Florida: Turned in a Heisman-type performance against the nation's No. 1 defense ... rushed for 113 yards and a career-high three touchdowns on 28 carries ... had 10 plays that resulted in first downs and four that covered at least 10 yards ... caught two passes for a career-best 76 yards, including a 69-yard catch-and-run ... had 104 yards after contact. Texas: Proved once again to be a workhorse with 116 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries while catching two passes for 12 yards ... had seven first down rushes ... named the Citi BCS National Championship Game Offensive Player of the Game ... totaled 73 yards after contact and gained 128 all-purpose yards as the Crimson Tide claimed their 13th national championship ... teamed with Trent Richardson to become the first running back tandem to each rush for at least 100 yards in a game since Alabama's 2004 season opener -- a span of 77 games.
2008 (FRESHMAN): Ingram was a freshman All-SEC selection by league coaches during his rookie campaign ... one of 16 true freshmen who saw playing time ... rushed for 728 yards on 143 carries with a team-best 12 touchdowns and a two-point conversion ... ranked eighth in the Southeastern Conference with 52.0 yards per game and 13th in scoring at 5.29 points per contest ... garnered third-team All-SEC honors from Phil Steele ... averaged 5.1 yards per carry ... caught seven passes for 54 yards with a long of 27 on a screen pass vs. Auburn ... had five rushes of over 20 yards, including a season-best 40-yard burst vs. Mississippi State ... carried the ball for 42 first downs or touchdowns with eight coming on third down ... also had three receptions for first down, with all three coming on third down. Clemson: Ingram ran through and over a vaunted Tigers' defense in the season opener for a team-high 96 yards on 17 carries ... averaged 5.6 yards per carry with a long rush of 28 yards while punching in a two-point conversion ... earned offensive player of the week accolades from the Tide coaches for his play. Tulane: He rushed for a team-high 63 yards on 11 carries ... averaged 5.7 yards per carry and caught one pass for seven yards. Western Kentucky: Ingram churned his way to 51 yards on nine carries against the Hilltoppers ... averaged 5.7 yards per carry ... scored two touchdowns on runs of seven and five yards. Arkansas: He garnered just six carries, but averaged 8.8 yards per tote ... gained 53 yards ... broke the barrier for his fourth touchdown of the season on a one-yard plunge to open the scoring against the Razorbacks. Georgia: Ingram carried the ball seven times for 17 yards after bruising a knee against the Bulldogs ... scored the Crimson Tide's first touchdown of the game, capping an 11-play, 80-yard opening drive. Kentucky: He churned out 66 yards on 11 carries as the Tide rolled up 282 rushing yards on the Wildcats ... averaged 6.0 yards per carry. Mississippi: Ingram led the team with 73 yards rushing on 17 carries ... scored his sixth touchdown of the season in the Crimson Tide's jumbo package with a two-yard run behind nose guard and blocking back Terrence Cody, left tackle Andre Smith and left guard Mike Johnson. Tennessee: He carried the ball four times for one yard in the Tide's win at Tennessee. Arkansas State: Ingram produced a career day against ASU with 113 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns ... averaged 9.4 yards per tote and broke off a season-long run of 30 yards ... scored on runs of five and 17 yards ... caught one pass for two yards. LSU: He ran five times for six yards vs. the Tigers in Baton Rouge. Mississippi State: Ingram averaged a team-best 6.0 yards per carry en route to a game-high 78 yards rushing ... scored his ninth touchdown of the year on a one-yard plunge in the fourth quarter ... caught one pass for five yards. Auburn: He carried the ball 15 times for 64 yards and two touchdowns ... also had one catch - for a career-long 27 yards - that helped the Tide convert a 3rd-and-14 in the third quarter. Florida: Ingram rushed eight times for 21 yards ... scored his 12th rushing touchdown of the season on a two-yard dive in the third quarter that gave the Tide a 20-17 lead. Sugar Bowl vs. Utah: He carried the ball eight times for 26 yards with a long run of 13 yards ... picked up three first downs in his eight carries, including one on third down ... caught one pass for eight yards.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: He was rated as a four-star running back by Rivals.com ... also ranked on Rivals.com Top 250 ... rated as the 17th-best athlete in the nation and sixth-best player in Michigan according to Rivals.com ... three-star running back by Scout.com ... rated by Scout.com as the nation's 57th-best running back ... four-year starter ... ran for 2,546 yards and 38 touchdowns in his final two prep seasons ... added 260 receiving yards and two touchdowns ... set city records for rushing yards (377) and touchdowns (7) in a game ...named Saginaw Valley MVP and Area Player of the Year as a senior ... four-time All-Area honoree and an All-State selection as a senior ... as a prep senior, ran for 1,700 yards and 24 touchdowns ... tallied 846 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior ... averaged more than seven yards-per-carry as prep junior ... nine-time All-State track star ... runs a 10.69 100-meter dash and 21.9 200-meter dash ... best long jump is 23 feet, 8 inches ... son of former NFL wide receiver Mark Ingram, who won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants ... played for head coach Gary Lee.