Mark Ingram wins Heisman Trophy

Written by Will Spencer on December 12, 2009

Mark Ingram

RB – Alabama
5’10” 215 lbs

Alabama running back Mark Ingram was named the 75th winner of the Heisman Trophy tonight. This is the 2nd straight season a sophomore has been the recipient of the award.

Ingram won the award on the heels of a dominate performance against Florida in the SEC Championship game. Florida came into the game with the #1 ranked defense in the nation, and Ingram exploited their weaknesses. Ingram finished the game with 28 carries for 113 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns. Ingram was also a threat receiving the ball, catching 2 passes for 76 yards, one of which went for 69 yards.

Ingram finished the season with 1542 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns in what is arguably the toughest overall and defensive conference in all of college football.

The 75th annual Heisman Trophy was the closest race in history as Ingram beat out Stanford RB Toby Gerhart by only 28 points. Here’s how the final voting worked out:

1. Mark Ingram: 1304
2. Toby Gerhart: 1276
3. Colt McCoy: 1145
4. Ndamukong Suh: 815
5. Tim Tebow: 390
6. CJ Spiller: 230
7. Kellen Moore: 100

The race was the closest ever, beating out the 1985 race where Bo Jackson edged out Chuck Long by only 46 points. Ingram is also the only Alabama player to ever win the prestigious award.

Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009.

Recent posts by Will Spencer