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The Winner of the 2009 Heisman Trophy is……Mark Ingram

Trivia question: How many Heisman Trophy winners does the historic program of Alabama have and who are they?

2009 Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram hoists his newest trophy

Answer: 1, Mark Ingram.

So who is this kid who is the only Crimson Tide player to hoist the Heisman Trophy?

Mark Ingram Jr. grew up in Flint, Michigan and is the son of former NFL player Mark Ingram, who played Wide Receiver for New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles.

Ingram Jr. pick to play his college football at the University of Alabama as a running back, even though in high school he was also a successful corner totaling 84 tackles and 8 interceptions.

As a Freshman at Alabama, he was second on the depth chart behind Glenn

Coffey at running back, but had a team high touchdowns with 12.  That helped him earn All-SEC Freshman honors.

Coffey left Alabama for the NFL which gave Ingram the starting running back job as a sophomore and took full advantage of it.  He totaled 1,864 all-purpose yards and18 TDs at seasons end.  Those stats, along with Alabama’s undefeated season, helped Ingram win the 2009 Heisman Trophy where he barely edged out Stanford’s Toby Gerhart. Ingram is the last running back since USC’s Reggie Bush to win the Heisman.

We’ll see if Ingram can become only the second Heisman Trophy winner to win two trophies ever next year as he will return to Alabama and defend this prestigious award.

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December 14, 2009 Posted by | NCAA Football | , , , , | Leave a comment

My Favorite Annual College Football Game

Army vs. Navy is my favorite game to watch in all of College Football

When it comes to people talking about their favorite college football game, your most likely going to hear the likes of: Michigan vs Ohio State, USC vs Notre Dame, Texas vs Oklahoma, Miami vs Florida State, etc.  But there is one game out there that is always intense and a great watch for anybody.

That game is the Army-Navy game.

The Army-Navy game (played 109 times, Navy leads the series 53-49-7) is never a game filled with big named five or four star recruits or big time NFL prospects, but is played with as much passion, intensity, and respect as any other game played during the NCAA Football season.  There is nothing like hearing the Army Cadets yelling, “GO ARMY! BEAT NAVY!” and the Navy Midshipman yelling, “GO NAVY! BEAT ARMY!”  Then after the battle is over on the gridiron, the alma maters of both academies are sung with the teams side by side as a sign of respect.

The game may not be prettiest played or the highest profile, but when I watch this game Saturday afternoon I know I will be watching football and something much more important than just a game.

December 12, 2009 Posted by | NCAA Football | , , , , | Leave a comment

2009 Heisman Trophy is up for grabs

This years Heisman Trophy presentation is filled with a bunch of questions:

Will Tim Tebow be holding the Heisman again? My guess is....very doubtful.

Can Florida’s Tim Tebow be the second player ever to win two Heismans?

Can Texas’ Colt McCoy finally win a Heisman after leading his Longhorns to the National Championship game?

Can Stanford’s Toby Gerhart win a Heisman by leading the nation in rushing yards, but playing for a 4 loss team?

Can Alabama’s Mark Ingram be the first ever Crimson Tide Heisman winner?

Can Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh be the first defensive player since Michigan’s Charles Woodson in 1997 and be the first defensive linemen since Notre Dame’s Leon Hart in 1949 to win the Heisman?

Every single one of this years nominees have an argument for being this years winner, but then again each of them has their flaws too.  Which makes this Heisman Trophy presentation one of the most unpredictable presentation in years.

Tim Tebow- Why should he win? Tebow is the ultimate leader and winner.  There is no doubt about his leadership and the passion he brings to the Florida Gators.  People may wonder what does leadership have to do with this award.  Well a lot of voters like to put into account of the certain players leadership role on a team.

Why shouldn’t he win?  This was Tebow’s worst season.  He put no where near the numbers from last year and from 2 years ago, which he won the Heisman.  Also, our last memory of him was watching him playing one of, if not, his worst games of his career in the SEC Championship game vs Alabama.

Colt McCoy- Why should he win?  He finally got his Texas Longhorns through an undefeated season and to the BCS Championship game.  He also has a big leadership role with Texas and even though his numbers aren’t nearly as good as last years, he had no where near the weapons he had last year

Why shouldn’t he win? Again, what was the last thing we remember seeing of McCoy?  We saw him throwing three interceptions to the Nebraska defense and being thrown around like a rag doll by fellow Heisman nominee Ndamukong Suh.

Toby Gerhart-Why should he win? He led the nation in rushing yards (1,736) and rushing touchdowns (26).  He also led the Stanford Cardinal to the 19th rank in the nation, and their first bowl game in eight years

Why shouldn’t he win?- There really isn’t a good argument of why Gerhart should win the Heisman.  The only thing that may hold him back from receiving the reward is his team’s final record (8-4).  That should not figure into the voting, but unfortunately some voters will look at that.

Mark Ingram- Why should he win?  The last time we saw Ingram was on national TV in probably the biggest game of the season, the SEC Championship game, where he rushed for three touchdowns against the Gators and lead the Tide to the BCS Championship Game.  He was also 12th in the nation in rushing yards and had 18 touchdowns facing some of the best defenses

Why shouldn’t he win? In one of Alabama’s biggest games of the year against rival Auburn, Ingram was sitting on the bench as the Tide was down and quarterback  Greg McElroy orchestrated a magnificent game winning drive helping the Tide remain undefeated and get to the SEC Championship game.  In Alabama’s two biggest games (vs Auburn a

nd vs Florida), you can make the argument that McElroy shined more than Ingram.

Ndamukong Suh- Why should he win?  You can make the argument that he is the most dominating player in college football.  I personally did not see much of him this year, but from what I saw of him in the Big XII Championship Game he absolutely dismantled the Texas O-line and was in Colt McCoy’s face all night and punished him each time.  He had 12 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks in the Big XII Championship game.

Why shouldn’t he win?  I don’t have a reason why he shouldn’t win, but I can tell you why he won’t win.  He’s a defensive player.  The last defensive player to win the Heisman was Charles Woodson and he also returned punts.  I personally hope that he wins because from what I saw he’s an unstoppable force, but i don’t see the voters giving him many 1st place votes.

This is how I think the results will turn out:

1. Toby Gerhart- Most outstanding college player, lead the nation in rushing yards and TDs

2.Mark Ingram- Got his Tide to the Championship Game, but didn’t shine in big games

3.Colt McCoy- Led his Longhorns to the Championship Game, but performance against Nebraska hurt him.  Should have won the trophy last year

4- Ndamukong Suh-  Deserves the award, but being a defensive player hurts his chances

5.Tim Tebow- Sorry Tim, your nomination was an early Christmas present, if he wins there’s a serious problem.

December 11, 2009 Posted by | NCAA Football | , , , , , , | Leave a comment