Nov. 24, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama sophomore running back Mark Ingram has landed on this week's cover of Sports Illustrated, the magazine announced Tuesday. The issue is expected to hit the newsstands on Wednesday.
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 combined rushing and receiving yards (147.6 per game) and 15 touchdowns.
Ingram's appearance on this week's cover of Sports Illustrated continues the latest trend of national exposure for the Crimson Tide football program since head coach Nick Saban's arrival in 2007. During that three-year span, Alabama has made six total appearances on national magazine covers. There have been four appearances on the cover of Sports Illustrated (Coach Saban - two times, Glen Coffee and Ingram) and one appearance each on the cover of Forbes (Saban) and Sporting News (team running out of tunnel).
TUESDAY PRACTICE UPDATE: The Alabama football team practiced for two hours in full pads Tuesday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Facility as preparations for Friday's game with Auburn continue.
Alabama senior defensive end Brandon Deaderick talked about Auburn's offense and how the Tide is preparing this week.
"They have a really explosive offense," Deaderick said following practice. "They have a lot of powerful running and some really good backs. They are pretty good up front. They are a big, physical bunch with sound blocking. They really try and go downhill with it, so we are going to have to match that physicality up front.
Alabama and Auburn will meet on Friday, Nov. 27, at 1:30 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn. The game will be nationally televised by CBS Sports, with Craig Bolerjack and Craig Beuerlien calling the action. The game will also be carried on the Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold, Phil Savage and Barry Krauss. The game can be heard locally in Tuscaloosa on WFNN-FM (95.3).
Nick Saban SHOW: Coach Saban will attend his weekly radio show at Buffalo Wild Wings, which will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 25 due to Thanksgiving and the game being moved up to Friday. Due to the short week, Coach Saban will go on the air at approximately 7:20 p.m. The radio broadcast will begin as it usually does with "Hey Coach" starting things off at 6:30 p.m. followed by "The Nick Saban Show." Tom Roberts serves as the program's host and Tyler Watts will be on as a special guest.