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Tide's Ingram takes Heisman in 'closest race ever'

In the storied history of the Alabama football program and the 75-year history of the Heisman, no Tide player has ever taken home the prestigious hardware.

Until tonight.

Surrounded by well over 20 past winners, an extremely emotional Mark Ingram was named as the 75th winner of the Heisman.  It was the closest race in the history of the award.

The sophomore running back had been by most accounts the front runner since around the midpoint of the season, but seemed to come back to the pack with a poor showing in the second-to-last game of the season against Auburn.  In the end, though, his season-long excellence, combined with a tremendous effort in the SEC title game, allowed the sophomore to hold off the nation’s leading rusher.

As we said, it was the closest race in the history of the Heisman, surpassing the 1985 battle between Auburn’s Bo Jackson and Iowa’s Chuck Long, which went Jackson by a scant 45 points.

Ingram finished a mere 28 points ahead of Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, with the final tally ending up 1,304-1276.  Ingram garnered 227 first-place votes, while Gerhart was just behind him at 222.

The three voting regions that did not have a finalist — the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Midweast — are what proved to be the impetus that pushed Ingram over the edge and into the trophy.  Ingram finished first in all three of those blocs, with Gerhart second in each.  Ingram also took the South, while Gerhart took the Far West for his only regional “win”.

Somewhat surprisingly, Texas’ Colt McCoy ended up third in the voting.  Not surprising that he finished well behind the winner, mind you, but that he finished well ahead of Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh — 1,145 (203 first-place votes) to 815 (161).

In perhaps the most stunning development of the night, Florida’s Tim Tebow, somehow, picked up 43 first-place votes in finishing a distant fifth with 390 points.

C.J. Spiller had 26 first-place votes and 223 points to finish sixth, while Boise State quarterback Kellon Moore came in seventh with 10 and 100, respectively.

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19 Responses to “Tide's Ingram takes Heisman in 'closest race ever'”
  1. frank booth says: Dec 12, 2009 9:33 PM

    Tebow got robbed. He never gets any media attention. If more people had heard of him, he might have had a shot.

  2. Deb says: Dec 12, 2009 9:37 PM

    WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WE LOVE YOU, MARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU, TOO, NICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Obeah says: Dec 12, 2009 9:46 PM

    Tebow: Jesus told me just now that after one more game you are on your own.
    POOR BABY

  4. DougTucson says: Dec 12, 2009 10:17 PM

    Suh is the best lineman and probably the best player. Too bad people don’t care.

  5. Mean D says: Dec 12, 2009 10:19 PM

    Tebow is the best player in college football history. All of you little crybabies are jealous of his success.

  6. PolegoJim says: Dec 12, 2009 10:48 PM

    People cared about Suh, and all of them.
    Ingram was awesome and what a class act.
    Well deserved and well done.

  7. DCroz says: Dec 12, 2009 11:08 PM

    Congratulations, Mark, on finally bringing the stiff-arm statue to T-Town! Now there can be on in the Bryant Museum won by a Tide guy, and not just one donated by John David Crowe from Texas A&M as Bear’s only Heisman winner. Now, let’s put this behind us and get ready for the tussle with Texas for all the marbles on January 7!
    ROLL TIDE!!!

  8. PolegoJim says: Dec 12, 2009 11:13 PM

    P.S. Ingrams sincere humility could teach some NFL hot dogs a lesson.
    Hot dogs turn my stomach…. I mean no matter what shape they take, you never really know what’s in them.
    The NFL hot dog with his self-congratulatory displays make me sick and is why I prefer NCAA football.
    You scored a touchdown or made a great catch, interception, tackle, sack, whatever…. jump and bump and high five your team mates and go sit down. You did your job…. a la Jerry Rice.

  9. frank booth says: Dec 12, 2009 11:19 PM

    Tebow was a good college player, but certainly not one of the greatest. His ’07 season was special.
    He’s Archie Griffin, John Elway, Gandhi, and Mother Theresa all wrapped into one.
    But the reality is that great players play great in big games. How did Tebow play against Alabama?

  10. Favre On HGH says: Dec 12, 2009 11:33 PM

    Tebow got robbed. He never gets any media attention. If more people had heard of him, he might have had a shot.
    —————-
    Best quote of the week.
    But the reality is that great players play great in big games. How did Tebow play against Alabama?
    —————-
    Looked good against Florida International though!

  11. xacvol says: Dec 13, 2009 12:03 AM

    Congrats Mark.
    -University of Tennessee

  12. overratedgators says: Dec 13, 2009 3:23 AM

    Mean D: “Tebow is the best player in college football history.”
    Really? ‘Cause last time I checked, there’s at least one guy with TWO Heismans.
    Now, maybe when Tebow wins a second, then … oh, yeah … right … just remembered … NOT GONNA HAPPEN.

  13. Seeryer says: Dec 13, 2009 9:14 AM

    Congrats to Mark Ingram, the Tide nation and Flint MI. Ingram did everyone proud including I am sure the faculty at the Capstone. 200 total yards against 5 top 25 teams is about as good as it gets. I love to say to the CFT community, “I told you so!”

  14. DG0122 says: Dec 13, 2009 10:25 AM

    Ingram was the 3rd best Rb on the list. This was a joke. Saban said after the SEC title game that Ingram was “one of the best players” on the team…not exactly a ringing endorsement

  15. Favre On HGH says: Dec 13, 2009 10:54 AM

    It would be a tough year to choose. All 4 of the top candidates are very deserving. I’m bitter defensive players don’t get more attention for the Heisman. Woodson got it because he played offense, defense and special teams. His defensive play alone made him deserving, but without the offensive touches he probably wouldn’t have gotten it.

  16. Seeryer says: Dec 13, 2009 12:43 PM

    @ DG0122:
    200 yards a game avg vs 5 top 25 teams. Shut the hell up. Give Ingram 62 more carries playing in the PAC-10 and he would have went over 2,000. Spiller had 38 yards rushing against South Carolina. Ingram had 246.

  17. Deb says: Dec 13, 2009 3:05 PM

    @overrated gators …
    “‘Cause last time I checked, there’s at least one guy with TWO Heismans.”
    ———————————————–
    Just one guy w/two: Ohio State RB Archie Griffin. And he should only have gotten one. Best college player ever: Jim Thorpe.
    @DG0122 …
    When you’re pea green do you also pee green? My, what a sad, jealous little twit you are!

  18. bbq says: Dec 14, 2009 12:28 AM

    @DG0122 . . .
    Are you kidding me? Ingram averaged 200 yards per game against 5 ranked teams and rushed for more yards than any running back in Alabama history, on a team that will be playing in the National Championship game. He’s been a dominant player and a Heisman front runner for pretty much the entire season.
    Gerhart was very good too, but even though he had more yards and TDs than Ingram, he also had a lower yards per carry average than Ingram, and didn’t play against SEC defenses week in and week out. Not to mention that Ingram was rested a lot against inferior teams.
    I honestly believe he was the most deserving player this year. Prove me wrong.

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