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Mark Ingram Named Finalist for Doak Walker Award and Maxwell Trophy



Nov. 23, 2009


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TUCSALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama sophomore running back Mark Ingram has been named a finalist for two major college football awards, it was announced Monday. 

The Flint, Mich., native is a finalist for both the Doak Walker Award and the 73rd Maxwell Trophy.  In 11 games this season, Ingram leads the SEC and ranks fifth nationally with 127.2 rushing yards per game.  He has 205 rushing attempts for 1,399 yards and 12 touchdowns.  He averages 6.8 yards per attempt this season.  Ingram also has 25 catches (2nd most on the team) for 225 yards and three touchdowns.  He leads the Tide with 1,624 all-purpose yards (147.6 per game) and 15 touchdowns.

Ingram is joined by Stanford Toby Gearhart and Clemson's C.J. Spiller as the three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, which is presented annually to the top running back in college football by the SMU Athletic Forum. The winner will be announced on the 2009 Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards show on Thursday, Dec. 10 in Orlando, Fla.  The award will presented at the 2009 Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet in Dallas on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010.

He is joined by Texas quarterback Colt McCoy and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow as the three finalists for the 73rd Maxwell Trophy, which is presented to the best player in college football by the Maxwell Football Club.  The announcement of the winner of the Maxwell Trophy will also be made during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show. The formal presentation will be made at the Maxwell Football Club's Awards Dinner, to be held on Friday, March 5, 2010 at the Harrah's Entertainment Complex in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Ingram continued his incredible season with 102 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries in the Tide's 45-0 win over Chattanooga on Saturday.  He scored on runs of 25 and 40 yards before exiting the game with just under 10 minutes left in the second quarter with his seventh 100-yard game this season.

Ingram needs 72 yards to break Bobby Humphrey's single-season record of 1,471 yards set during the 1986 season.  Against top 25 teams, Ingram is averaging 178 yards per game in wins over Virginia Tech, Mississippi, South Carolina and LSU. 

He was named SEC Player of the Week following wins over Virginia Tech and South Carolina. In the win over the Gamecocks, Ingram set a Bryant-Denny Stadium record with 246 rushing yards in the 20-6 win. He was also named midseason All-American by The Sporting News.