Mark Ingram wins Heisman
- Christopher Walsh, BamaOnLine.com Senior Writer
December 12, 2009
NEW YORK - The seemingly impossible became reality Saturday night.
Mark Ingram poses with the Heisman Trophy after being named the
75th Heisman Trophy winner.
- Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images
After 74 years of waiting, the University of Alabama football program
finally celebrated its first Heisman Trophy when sophomore running
back Mark Ingram was awarded college football’s highest honor.
Ingram topped Stanford senior running back Toby Gerhart in the closest
vote ever, 28 points.
“I’m a little overwhelmed,” Ingram said.
Ingram had 1,304 points, with the most first-place votes with 227.
Gerhard had 1,276 points.
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy placed third (1,145) ahead of Nebraska
defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (815) and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow
Ingram tallied 1,542 rushing yards to set the Alabama single-season
record, and 1,864 all-purpose yards while scoring 18 touchdowns. He
had eight 100-yard games, including a season-high and Bryant-Denny
Stadium record 246 yards against No. 22 South Carolina on Oct. 17.
Two other statistics that helped promote his Heisman chances were
1,002 yards after contact (53.7 percent) and 825 rushing yards and
six touchdowns in Alabama’s five games against top 25 foes, averaging
165 yards per game against Virginia Tech, Mississippi, South Carolina,
LSU and Florida. In those same games, he averaged 201.1 all-purpose
The two games that stood as signature moments were South Carolina and
Florida. He handled the ball on every play during the Tide’s
game-clinching drive against the Gamecocks, and had 189 total yards
and three touchdowns against No. 1 Florida.
Previously, David Palmer had the Tide’s best finish, third in 1993.
The following year Jay Barker placed fifth, the last time Alabama had
a finalist invited to New York.
Overall, 16 Tide players had placed in the top 10 since the award’s
inception in 1935, with Lee Roy Jordan (1962) and Johnny Musso (1971)
all finishing fourth, and Joe Kilgrow (1937), Harry Gilmer (1945 and
1947), Pat Trammell (1961), Terry Davis (1971) and Barker (1994) all
Ingram was named the 2009 SEC Offensive Player of the Year and an
All-American, but was otherwise shut out for postseason honors. He
was a finalist for the Maxwell Trophy and the Walter Camp player of
the year awards, and the Doak Walker Award for running back of the