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Ingram At His Best In Biggest Games
Posted Jul 7, 2010
Earlier this year, ’BAMA Magazine continued a long tradition of having its readers select the Alabama Team of the Decade. The team was previously announced, but this summer we are revisiting and taking a deeper look at those selected.
Readers of ’BAMA Magazine had the opportunity to select two running backs when they chose the
football Team of the Decade for the first ten years of the New Millennium (2000-2009). One of those selected was
of Flint, Mich., who played for the Crimson Tide in the final two years of the decade, 2008 and 2009.
Although Ingram started just the 2009 season in the decade, not much more could be asked of a player. He was the Heisman Trophy winner. He was the Most Valuable Offensive Player in the National Championship Game. He was a consensus All-America. Ingram was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year and the SEC Athlete of the Year (all sports) and the Alabama Sports Writers Association Amateur Athlete of the Year in the state.
Mildly surprising is that Ingram was not the leading vote-getter (and thereby Player of the Decade) by ’BAMA readers. That honor went to linebacker
. The easy explanation is that voting began midway through the 2009 season before Ingram had become a megastar.
Ingram is Alabama’s all-time single season rushing leader as he rushed for 1,658 yards with 20 touchdowns while setting a Crimson Tide record with nine 100-yard rushing games. Ingram thrived on yards after contact with 1,075 of his 1,992 all-purpose yards (54 per cent) coming after the initial hit.
He set the Bryant-Denny Stadium record for rushing yards with 246 against
(on 24 carries).
Ingram was at his best in the biggest games, averaging 188.8 yards rushing and receiving against top-25 opponents. He ran for 113 yards and three touchdowns against
’s top-ranked defense in the SEC Championship Game and followed that up with 116 yards and two scores in the BCS National Championship victory over
, earning Offensive Player of the Game.
Ingram, an upcoming junior, returns to the Crimson Tide this season.
Just as a recap, here are the selections on offense for Team of the Decade:
Running backs Mark Ingram and
, wide receivers Tyrone Prothro and
, tight end Terry Jones, center
, and linemen Justin Smiley, Wesley Britt,
Editor’s Note: This is one in a series on members of the Alabama Team of the Decade.
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