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Mark Ingram became the first Alabama player to win the Heisman as he helped lead the Crimson Tide to the 2009 national title.

Heisman Winner

Mark Ingram

RB | Sophomore | University of Alabama

Ingram became the first Alabama player to win the Heisman as he helped lead the Crimson Tide to the 2009 national title.

Ingram, the son of former NFL wide receiver Mark Ingram, Sr., was born in Hackensack, New Jersey. He attended Grand Blanc (Mich.) Community High during his freshman, sophomore and junior years, and then Flint (Mich) Southwestern Academy for his senior year. He was a four-year starter on his high, running for 2,546 yards and 38 touchdowns in his final two seasons. He was considered a four-star recruit coming out of high school.

The 5-10, 210-pounder signed with Alabama in the spring of 2008 and played as a backup in 2008, making the SEC’s All-Freshman team with 728 yards and 12 touchdowns.

He nearly doubled that production as a sophomore, rushing for 1,542 yards and 15 touchdowns and catching 30 passes for 322 yards and three scores as Alabama went undefeated and won its first SEC title since 1999.

As a reward, Ingram won the Heisman Trophy in the closest vote in the award’s 75-year history. Ingram was the third consecutive sophomore to win the award, and the first running back to do so since Ron Dayne in 1999. At the time Ingram was nine days shy of his twentieth birthday, making him the youngest player to win the Heisman (a mark since surpassed by Jameis Winston). Of course, Ingram was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American.

Ingram later received MVP honors in the BCS title game as Alabama beat Texas to win its 13th national title.

He returned for his 2010 junior season, but was hobbled by injuries and rushed for 875 yards and 13 scores.

Following the 2010 season, he declared for the NFL draft and was selected in the first round, 28th overall, by the New Orleans Saints.

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Heisman Voting Results

Number of electors: 927 - Announced: December 12, 2009.

 PlayerClassPositionSchool1st2nd3rdTotal Points
1Mark IngramSORBAlabama2272361511304
2Toby GerhartRS SRRBStanford2222251601276
3Colt McCoyRS SRQBTexas2031881601145
4Ndamukong SuhRS SRDTNebraska161105122815
5Tim TebowSRQBFlorida4370121390
6C.J. SpillerSRRBClemson263183223
7Kellen MooreRS SOQBBoise State102030100
8Case KeenumRS JRQBHouston291337
9Mardy GilyardRS SRWRCincinnati221323
10Golden TateJRWRNotre Dame23921

Three points are awarded for first place on a ballot, with two points for second place and one point for third place.

Heisman Voting By Region

Heisman voters are spread out across six regions, with roughly 145 per region.


1Mark Ingram254
2Colt McCoy176
3Toby Gerhart165
4Ndamukong Suh113
5Tim Tebow106


1Mark Ingram238
2Toby Gerhart219
3Colt McCoy179
4Ndamukong Suh104
5Tim Tebow83


1Mark Ingram222
2Colt McCoy187
3Toby Gerhart187
4Ndamukong Suh105
5Tim Tebow57


1Mark Ingram223
2Toby Gerhart206
3Colt McCoy173
4Ndamukong Suh146
5Tim Tebow45


1Ndamukong Suh254
2Colt McCoy216
3Mark Ingram214
4Toby Gerhart180
5Tim Tebow33

Far West

1Toby Gerhart319
2Colt McCoy214
3Mark Ingram153
4Ndamukong Suh93
5Tim Tebow66


DateOpponentResultAttYardsYPCTDRecYardsAvgTDPlaysAll-Purpose YardsYPPTotal TDs
09/05/09+ #10 Virginia TechW 34-24261505.77133511.671291856.42
09/12/09Florida InternationalW 40-1410565.60144711.750141037.41
09/19/09North TexasW 53-789111.38133812.6711112911.72
09/26/09ArkansasW 35-717502.9413217.00120713.62
10/03/09at KentuckyW 38-20221406.362166.000231466.32
10/10/09at #20 MississippiW 22-3281726.1413165.330311886.11
10/17/09South CarolinaW 20-62424610.25122311.5002626910.31
10/24/09TennesseeW 12-1018995.500000018995.50
11/07/09at Mississippi StateW 31-3191497.842199.000201587.92
11/21/09ChattanoogaW 45-0111029.2720000111029.32
11/27/09at AuburnW 26-2116301.8803217.00019512.70
12/05/09+ #3 FloridaW 26-2116301.8803217.00019512.70
Heisman StatsBCS #1, AP #113-024915426.19153032210.73327918646.718
01/07/10+ #2 TexasW 37-21221165.2722126.000241285.32
TotalsNational Champions14-027116586.12173233410.44330319926.620

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