Countdown to Kickoff
Tuesday Notebook: Alabama Offense



Oct. 20, 2009


ALABAMA NOTEBOOK:  The latest installment of the Alabama Football Notebook takes at look at the Crimson Tide offense, following a 20-6 win at No. 22 South Carolina last Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Sophomore running back Mark Ingram ran for a stadium record 246 yards in the win over the Gamecocks. It was also the third-best single-game rushing performance in school history.  Senior tight end Colin Peek was named to the John Mackey Award watch list on Monday.  The award is given annually to the best tight end in college football. The Alabama offense is highlighted each Tuesday on

INGRAM OFF TO THE RACES: Sophomore running back Mark Ingram turned in another career-best performance against South Carolina last week to continue his great start to the 2009 football season. He has rushed for 905 yards and eight touchdowns through seven games this season for a 129.3 yards per game average to rank fourth nationally and first in the SEC in rushing. Ingram has also added 19 receptions for 186 yards and three scores. Below is a look at Ingram’s season on a game-by-game case.

Mark Ingram Game-By-Game Statistics Get Acrobat Reader

INGRAM EXPLOSIVE: Ingram has burst onto the scene for the Crimson Tide as a sophomore in 2009. He leads the nation with 30 rushes of 10 or more yards this season and has eight receptions of 10 or more yards for a total 38. Of Ingram’s 154 touches (135 rushes, 19 receptions), almost one quarter (24.7 percent) have gone for at least 10 yards. He ripped off an impressive eight runs and one reception of 10 or more yards against South Carolina, including five runs and one reception of 20 or more yards and a burst of 54 in the second quarter. Those big runs have also shown in Ingram’s 6.7 yards per carry, which leads the Southeastern Conference and ranks second nationally among rushers with at least 95 carries. Fresno State’s Ryan Matthews is first with 7.44 yards per carry on 131 attempts.

AND TOUGH: Ingram has also proven difficult to bring down on the first hit. He has gained an astonishing 580 yards after contact this season on those 154 touches (135 rushes, 19 receptions). He has gained 53.2 percent of his total yards after contact this season (580 of 1,091). Ingram reeled off a season-best 167 total yards after contact against South Carolina, including his 24 rushing attempts and two receptions. He also broke the 100-yard barrier on yards after contact against Virginia Tech with 115 and got close at Mississippi with 95 yards after contact. Below is a breakdown of Ingram’s yards after contact (both rushing and receiving) this season.

Ingram’s Yards after Contact
Game                                        Rush      Rec.    Total   Yards After Contact
vs. Virginia Tech                           150        35     185     115
FIU                                              56         47     103       52
North Texas                                  91         38     129       74
Arkansas                                      50         21       71       23
at Kentucky                                  140         6      146       54
at Mississippi                                172        16     188       95
South Carolina                              246        23     269      167
Totals                                                         905       186    1,091       580

CAREER HIGH FOR INGRAM – 2ND STRAIGHT GAME: For the second consecutive game, Ingram constructed a career-best rushing performance with 246 yards on 24 attempts against South Carolina – the third-highest single-game rushing total in Alabama history and the most in the history of Bryant-Denny Stadium. Ingram’s signature drive of the season also came against the Gamecocks as he carried the ball on all six plays of the Tide’s final touchdown drive that sealed the game. Five of the plays came out of the ‘Wildcat’ formation with the runs covering 24, 4, 5, 9, 22 and 4 yards (TD on a toss). The yardage exceeded Ingram’s 172-yard outing at Mississippi, his previous career high. Ingram now ranks fourth in the nation in rushing yards per game with 129.3, 14th in scoring (9.43 points per game) and 17th in all-purpose yards (155.86 ypg). He leads the SEC in rushing with 905 total yards and touchdowns with 11 (8 rushing, 3 receiving).

Alabama’s Top Rushing Performances
291            Shaun Alexander at LSU (20 att.)                       Nov. 9, 1996
284            Bobby Humphrey at Mississippi State (30 att.)     Nov. 1, 1986
246           Mark Ingram vs. South Carolina (24 att.)             Oct. 17, 2009
233            Bobby Marlow vs. Auburn (25 att.)                      Dec. 2, 1951
221            Johnny Musso vs. Auburn (42 att.)                     Nov. 28, 1970
220            Bobby Humphrey at Penn State (27 att.)             Sept. 12, 1987
218            Glenn Coffee vs. Kentucky (25 att.)                    Oct. 4, 2008

INGRAM POSTS 3RD BEST RUSHING PERFORMANCE IN THE NATION: Ingram’s 246-yard performance is the third-best single-game rushing performance in the FBS ranks this season. Ingram’s outing trails only Boston College’s Montel Harris, who rushed for 264 on October 17 vs. North Carolina State and UTEP’s Donald Buckram, who rushed for 262 yards against Houston on Oct. 3. It is also the first 200-yard game an SEC defense has allowed to an opposing rusher this season. Below are the top five rushing performances this season.

                   Player, School                                        Opponent                 Date          Yards       Carries     Avg. /att.
1.                Montel Harris, Boston College         North Carolina St.   Oct. 17     264            27      9.78
2.                 Donald Buckram, UTEP                 Houston                 Oct. 3       262            32     8.19
3.                Mark Ingram, Alabama                  South Carolina       Oct. 17      246           24     10.25
4.                Curtis Steele, Memphis                  UTEP                     Oct. 10     240            39     6.15
5.                Lance Dunbar, North Texas             Florida Atlantic       Oct. 17     238            25      9.52

INGRAM FINDING THE END ZONE: Ingram has shown the ability to find the end zone during his Alabama career. The sophomore has at least one rushing touchdown in 10 of his last 11 games and at least one in each game of the 2009 season. He also has a receiving touchdown in three games this season. Overall, Ingram has scored at least one touchdown in 16 of his 21 career games for the Tide. He has 23 career touchdowns (three receiving), including a freshman record 12 (all rushing) in 2008. In 2009, Ingram ranks first in the SEC in touchdown scoring and second in total scoring at 9.43 points per game while ranking tied for 14th nationally in overall scoring.

RICHARDSON HAS IMPRESSIVE ROOKIE CAMPAIGN: True freshman running back Trent Richardson has enjoyed an impressive rookie season. The Pensacola, Fla., native has rushed for 359 yards and four touchdowns on just 66 attempts. He is averaging 5.4 yards per carry and 51.3 yards per game. He rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries against FIU in just his second career game. He followed that up with 87 yards on 11 carries (7.9 ypc) against North Texas and 65 yards and a score vs. Arkansas. Richardson scored on runs of nine and 35 yards in the second half vs. FIU, plunged in from one-yard out against North Texas and then broke five tackles en route to a 52-yard touchdown vs. Arkansas.

100-YARD RUSHERS AND RECEIVERS: Alabama has had five 100-yard rushers and one 100-yard receiver in its seven games this season. Sophomore running back Mark Ingram ran for 150 yards in the Tide’s 34-24 win over Virginia Tech in the season opener on Sept. 5. One week later, freshman Trent Richardson led the Tide with 118 rushing yards and senior wide receiver Mike McCoy recorded his first career 100-yard receiving game in a win over FIU (5-100-1). Ingram has also recorded at least 100 yards in his last three games with 140 yards at Kentucky, 172 yards at Mississippi and then a career-best and Bryant-Denny Stadium record 246 yards against South Carolina. Under Coach Saban, Alabama has had 15, 100-yard games and the Tide has gone 14-1 in those 15 games. Four different players have rushed for 100 yards during the last three seasons. Under Coach Saban, Alabama has had seven, 100-yard receiving games and the Tide has gone 6-1 in those seven games. The Florida International game marked the third time under Coach Saban that Alabama had a 100-yard rusher and receiver in the same game.

100-Yard Rushers (14-1)
246 by Mark Ingram vs. South Carolina (Oct. 17, 2009)       W              
218 by Glen Coffee vs. Kentucky (Oct. 4, 2008)                  W
173 by Terry Grant at Vanderbilt (Sept. 8, 2007)                 W
172 by Mark Ingram at Mississippi (Oct. 10, 2009)              W              
162 by Glen Coffee at Arkansas (Sept. 20, 2008)                W
150 by Mark Ingram vs. Virginia Tech (Sept. 5, 2009)          W
144 by Glen Coffee vs. Auburn (Nov. 29, 2008)                   W
140 by Mark Ingram at Kentucky (Oct. 3, 2009)                  W              
134 by Terry Grant vs. Western Carolina (Sept. 1, 2007)      W
126 by Glen Coffee at LSU (Nov. 8, 2008)                          W
121 by Glen Coffee vs. Houston (Oct. 6, 2007)                   W
118 by Trent Richardson vs. FIU (Sept. 12, 2009)               W
113 by Mark Ingram vs. Arkansas State (Nov. 1, 2008)       W
112 by Glen Coffee vs. Florida (Dec. 6, 2008) (SEC)            L
104 by Terry Grant vs. Tennessee (Oct. 20, 2007)              W

100-Yard Receivers (6-1)
185 by D.J. Hall vs. Tennessee (Oct. 20, 2007)                  W
172 by D.J. Hall vs. Arkansas (Sept. 25, 2007)                   W
140 by D.J. Hall at Mississippi (Oct. 13, 2007)                    W
128 by Julio Jones at LSU (Nov. 8, 2008)                           W
124 by Julio Jones vs. Florida (Dec. 6, 2008)                      L
103 by Julio Jones at Tennessee (Oct. 25, 2008)                W
100 by Mike McCoy vs. FIU (Sept. 12 2009)                        W