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Tuesday Notebook: Alabama Offense



Nov. 10, 2009

INGRAM OFF TO THE RACES: Sophomore running back Mark Ingram continues to have a solid year, leading the SEC with 125.56 yards per game. He has rushed for 1,148 yards and eight touchdowns in the Tide’s first nine games this season.  He also ranks sixth nationally in rushing yards per game. Ingram has also added 24 receptions for 216 yards and three scores. He has five 100-yard games to rank second in the SEC this season and has managed 100 or more all-purpose yards seven times.  He has scored at least one touchdown in seven of nine games. Below is a look at Ingram’s season on a game-by-game case.

INGRAM AT HIS BEST, AGAINST THE BEST: Sophomore running back Mark Ingram has been at his best against the best in 2009. The sophomore has rolled up 1,364 all-purpose yards and 11 touchdowns while averaging 127.56 yards per game on the ground with eight rushing touchdowns in nine games.  But those numbers climb even higher when the Crimson Tide’s opponent is ranked in the top 25. In Alabama’s four games with top-25 opponents - including two in the top 10 - Ingram has accounted for 712 yards on the ground (178.0 ypg) with three rushing touchdowns. He has also caught 13 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown to account for 831 all-purpose yards (203.25 ypg) in those four contests.

Ingram vs. Top 25 Teams: Ingram averages 178 yards per game against top 25 clubs this season … he has 100 rushing attempts for 712 yards and three TDs against Virginia Tech, Mississippi, South Carolina and LSU … accounted for 78.4 percent of UA’s rushing total (712 of 908) and three of four TDs against those four ranked teams … he broke free for 150 rushing yards and a touchdown while catching three passes for 35 yards and a score in the season-opener against Virginia Tech on Sept. 5 … he then scampered for 172 yards on the ground, including a 36-yard touchdown run on fourth down at Mississippi on Oct. 10 … exploded for a Bryant-Denny Stadium record 246 yards and a game-clinching touchdown vs. South Carolina on Oct. 17 … pounded out 144 rushing yards and added five receptions for 30 yards vs. No. 9 LSU on Nov. 7 … also recorded 484 total yards after contact in those four games, including 115 vs. vs. Virginia Tech, 95 vs. Mississippi, 167 yards vs. South Carolina and 107 vs. LSU.

Ingram vs. SEC Teams:  He averages 141.8 yards per game in six SEC games this season … he has 131 rushing attempts for 851 yards and five TDs … accounted for 76.4 percent of the team’s rushing total in league play (851 of 1,114) and has scored five of the team’s six rushing TDs … has four 100-yard games in SEC play this season against Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina and LSU … career-high 246 yards in UA’s 20-6 win over No. 22 South Carolina on Oct. 17.

Ingram at Home: Averages 114.3 yards per game in six home games this season, which includes two games against Florida International and North Texas, where he saw limited action in the second half … has 99 rushing attempts for 686 yards and four TDs at Bryant-Denny Stadium this season … accounted for 55.1 percent of the team’s rushing totals at home … set stadium record with 246 rushing yards and game-clinching touchdown against South Carolina on Oct. 17 … averages 140.8 all-purpose yards in those six home games.

Ingram on the Road: He averages 156.0 yards per game in the Tide’s two true road games at Kentucky and Mississippi this season … he has rushed the ball 50 times for 312 yards and three TDs … accounted for 60.2 percent of UA’s total rushes (50 of 83), 77.3 percent of rushing yards (312 of 404) and 100 percent of rushing TDs (3 of 3) on the road … had 22 rushing attempts for 140 yards and two TDs in the Tide’s 38-20 win at Kentucky on Oct. 3 … added 28 rushing attempts for 172 yards and one TD in win at Mississippi on Oct. 10.

Ingram in September:  Ingram averaged 86.8 rushing yards in four games in September in limited action … he missed most of the second half of the Tide’s big wins over Florida International and North Texas and missed most of the fourth quarter against Arkansas after the Tide built a 35-7 lead … he opened the season with a 150-yard game against No. 7 Virginia Tech … he accounted for 185 all-purpose yards and two TDs in the season-opening win … only had 35 total rushing attempts in the Tide’s next three wins over FIU, North Texas and Arkansas.

Ingram in October:  Ingram had a breakout month in October as he averaged 164.2 rushing yards per game against four SEC opponents … he had 92 rushing attempts for 657 yards and four TDs … he averaged 7.1 yards per rush … accounted for 60.1 percent of team’s rushing attempts (91 of 151), 81.7 percent of rushing yards (657 of 804) and 100 percent of rushing TDs (4 of 4) … tallied three 100-yard rushing games and had 99 yards in win over Tennessee …. averaged 175.5 all-purpose yards per game.

Ingram in November: He ran for 144 yards in the Tide’s SEC Western Division-clinching win over No. 9 LSU on Nov. 7.

INGRAM EXPLOSIVE ...: Mark Ingram has burst onto the scene for the Crimson Tide as a sophomore in 2009. He leads the nation with 38 rushes of 10 or more yards this season and has nine receptions of 10 or more yards for a total of 47. Of Ingram’s 199 touches (175 rushes, 24 receptions), almost a quarter (23.6 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. He also had six runs and one reception of 10 yards or more vs. LSU’s tough defense. Those big runs have also shown in Ingram’s 6.56 yards per carry, which leads the Southeastern Conference and ranks fifth nationally among rushers with at least 135 carries. Fresno State’s Ryan Matthews is first with 7.12 yards per carry on 205 attempts.

AND TOUGH: Mark Ingram has also proven difficult to bring down on first contact. He has gained an astonishing 752 yards after contact this season on those 199 touches (175 rushes, 24 receptions). He has gained 55.1 percent of his total yards after contact this season (752 of 1,364). Ingram reeled off a season-best 167 total yards after contact against South Carolina on 24 rushes and two receptions. He also broke the 100-yard barrier on yards after contact vs. Virginia Tech (115) and LSU (107) and got close at Mississippi (95) yards after contact. Below is a breakdown of Ingram’s yards after contact (both rushing and receiving) this season.

INGRAM RECEIVES HEISMAN ATTENTION: Mark Ingram’s 246-yard rushing effort against South Carolina that included a six-play, 68-yard, game-clinching touchdown drive has people talking about the sophomore and the Heisman Trophy. Ingram has topped the last three polls and ESPN’s Heisman Watch. The sophomore from Flint, Mich., has 1,148 rushing yards (127.56 ypg) to rank sixth nationally while also ranking among the team leaders with 24 receptions for 216 yards. He has compiled 11 total touchdowns – eight rushing and three receiving. features 13 Heisman voters from across the country voting for their top five each week. The Nov. 3 poll had the Tide’s Ingram in front of Tim Tebow by 21 points (48 to 27) with Ingram receiving six first-place votes and Tebow getting three. ESPN’s Heisman Watch (Nov. 3), which polls 15 experts from across the nation, has Ingram with 56 total points and six first-place votes.

BAMA SCORES ON BIG PLAYS: On the year, the Alabama offense has 40 plays of 20 yards or more with 11 of those plays going for touchdowns. The Tide also has 14 plays of 35 yards or more with eight of those going to scores.

100-YARD RUSHERS AND RECEIVERS: Alabama has had six 100-yard rushers and two 100-yard receivers in its nine 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 WR Mike McCoy recorded his first career 100-yard receiving game in a win over FIU (5-100-1). Under Coach Saban, Alabama has had 16 100-yard rushing games and the Tide has gone 15-1 in those 16 games. Four different players have rushed for 100 yards during the last three seasons. Under Coach Saban, Alabama has had eight 100-yard receiving performances and the Tide has gone 7-1 in those games. The LSU game marked the fifth time under Coach Saban that Alabama had a 100-yard rusher and receiver in the same game with Ingram scampering for 144 yards and sophomore receiver Julio Jones hauling in four catches for 102 yards which included a 73-yard touchdown.

100-Yard Rushers (15-1)
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 Mark Ingram vs. LSU (Nov. 7, 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 (7-1)
185 by D.J. Hall vs. Tennessee (Oct. 20, 2007)                  W
172 by D.J. Hall at Arkansas (Sept. 15, 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) (SEC)             L
103 by Julio Jones at Tennessee (Oct. 25, 2008)                W
102 by Julio Jones vs. LSU (Nov. 7, 2009)                          W
100 by Mike McCoy vs. FIU (Sept. 12, 2009)                      W 

100-Yard Rusher/Receiver in Same Game (4-1)
vs. Tennessee (Oct. 20, 2007)                                        W           104 by Terry Grant and 185 by D.J. Hall
vs. LSU (Nov. 8, 2008)                                                   W           126 by Glen Coffee and 102 by Julio Jones
vs. Florida (Dec. 6, 2008) (SEC Champ.)                           L             112 by Glen Coffee and 124 by Julio Jones
vs. Florida International (Sept. 12, 2009)                         W           118 by Trent Richardson and 100 by Mike McCoy
vs. LSU (Nov. 7, 2009)                                                   W           144 by Mark Ingram and 102 by Julio Jones