Nov. 3, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Freshman running back Mark Ingram was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week following the Crimson Tide’s 35-0 win over Arkansas State this past Saturday in Tuscaloosa, the league office announced today.
Ingram recorded his first collegiate 100-yard rushing game and finished with a game-high 12 carries for 113 yards and two touchdowns. The two rushing touchdowns also matched his season high, previously set against Western Kentucky on Sept. 13. His scores were from five and 17-yards on Alabama’s final two scoring drives of the game.
For the season, he has 94 rushing attempts for 533 yards and an Alabama freshman record eight rushing touchdowns. He is second on the team and seventh in the SEC with 59.2 rushing yards per game in 2008.
In addition to the weekly player of the week winners, the SEC Office also recognizes other top performances and Alabama senior safety Rashad Johnson was one of the honorable mention honorees. The Sulligent, Ala., native tied his career high with 13 tackles in the win over Arkansas State and added 2 ½ tackles for loss, a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown and one pass break-up.
MONDAY PRACTICE: The Crimson Tide practiced for 90 minutes in helmets and shorts Monday afternoon as preparation began for Saturday’s SEC showdown with LSU at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.
CODY UPDATE: Coach Saban said on Monday that junior nose guard Terrence Cody returned to practice on Monday after missing the last two games with a sprained knee.
“From an injury standpoint, Terrence will start working today,” Saban said at his Monday press conference. “We don’t really have a lot of other injuries. We have some nicked up guys, but everybody should be ready to go tomorrow for sure. We will just have to be day-to-day with Terrence, in terms of how he progresses. He has worked hard. He has rehabbed very well. He has stability. Now, we just need to see how he functions out there playing football and like I said it will have to be a day-to-day thing, in terms of how we bring him back.”
UA-MSU GAME TIME: CBS Sports has exercised its six-day option for games to be played Saturday, Nov. 15. CBS, ESPN and Raycom will pick from the following three games: Mississippi State at Alabama, South Carolina at Florida and Georgia at Auburn. CBS will have the first selection and televise its game at 2:30 p.m. (CST). ESPN will have the second pick and will televise its game at 6:45 p.m. (CST). Raycom will have the third selection and televise its game at 11:30 a.m. (CST). The SEC announced Monday that the Kentucky-Vanderbilt game will be televised by espn2 beginning at 7 p.m. (CST) on Nov. 15.