Well, there we have it. After fears from many fans that Colt McCoy may back into the Heisman trophy, the Crimson Tide have their first Heisman winner.
Ingram had an incredible year. There is no doubt about it.
And he certainly had his Heisman moment, leading Alabama in dominating fashion over Florida.
He fits the profile of what a Heisman winner supposedly should be:
- He plays for a national title contender.
- He plays for a traditional football powerhouse.
- He plays a skill position on Offense.
- He plays in the toughest conference in the country.
- And he had outstanding statistical achievements.
But, the Heisman is simply supposed goes to go the "most outstanding player" in college football.
And I believe that the Heisman voters have hit the nail more on the head this year than in previous years.
But to me, it should have been Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh. I have never seen a college football player dominate a game more than he did against Texas. And he wasn't just a one-hit wonder. He played like that all year. He led a Nebraska team with a horribly ineffective offense to a 9-4 record, including heartbreaking losses that Nebraska could've easily won against Texas, and Virginia Tech.
Suh had 14 sacks, 82 tackles, and 26 QB hurries. All while being double and triple teamed, and game planned against. But no game plan seemed to work, as the most points Nebraska gave up all year (excluding the Texas Tech game) was 16 to Virginia Tech.
Ingram had a spectacular year, but he had the help of a dominating defense, a great offensive line, a very good QB, and played on the most complete team in college football.
He had a great season, but if Alabama hadn't had him, their is still a good chance they go 13-0, without really missing a beat.
Without Suh, on the other hand, Nebraska might've been below .500.
The Heisman should go to the most outstanding player, not to the one who best fits the profile of what a Heisman winner "supposedly" should be.
Congrats to both of these spectacular athletes on a great season. They are both worthy - But Suh is more deserving.
Kudos to the Heisman voters though - for at least voting him in the top five.