Mark Ingram wins the 2009 Heisman Trophy Award!

robert meyerContributor IDecember 12, 2009

There are many contestants that came into the Heisman trophy presentation deserving to win; Tim Tebow of Florida, Mark Ingram (Alabama), Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska), Toby Gehert (stanford) and Colt McCoy (Texas). There were certain members who stood out this year. All of those candidates deserved to win, but it was Mark Ingram won the Heisman.

Mark Ingram: Ingram had a fantastic season; he rushed for 1542 yds, 15Tds and averaged 6.2 yds per carry. Ingram led the Tide to their undefeated regular season. Last year the Tide lost the SEC Championship to Florida and a chance to go to the National Championship game, this year however, Mark Ingram made sure the Tide wouldn't lose to Florida this year and proved it against them in the SEC Championship game when he had 113 rushing yds and 3 Tds to lead the Tide over Florida. Most importantly for Alabama was with the win against Florida they clinced  a spot in the National Championship game. Mark Ingram is only a sophomore and is a great athlete and improving every part of his game. Mark Ingram looks to lead the Tide to a National Championship trophy! This kid deserves the Heisman, and he proved it all season long, especially his 3Td performance against Florida. Mark Ingram became the 1st Alabama player to win the Heisman award and the 3rd straight sophomore to win the award.

The other candiates were well deserving as well:

Colt McCoy: McCoy had a pretty good season as well; he passed for 3215yds, 27Tds, and 12Ints and he rushed for 348yds and 3Tds, including a 175 rushing yds performance against Texas A&M. Last year, McCoy and the Texas Longhorns were not able to go to the National Championship game despite only losing one game.  McCoy's numbers weren't as impressive as his numbers were last season in his junior year. He had 300 more passing yds last season, 7 more TD passes than last season and 4 fewer interceptions than last season. Still even though his numbers weren't as good as his junior season, McCoy still made a case that he deserved the Heisman.

Ndamukong Suh: Suh made an excellent case for a chance to win the Heisman; Suh finished the regular season with 83 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. He is so athletic as a nose guard that he batted 10 passes and blocked three kicks. Suh played an excellent Big 12 Championship game against Texas;  he nearly led the Cornhuskers to an upset over the Longhorns; he had a career-high 12 tackles, 4.5 sacks and set a school record with 7 tackles for a loss in the 13-12 loss to the Longhorns. He is a phenomenal nose guard and is a great athlete and has a bright future.

Toby Gehart: Gehart is an excellent candidate for the Heisman award; he rushed for 1736yds and 26 Tds this season. Gerhart clearly has the individual excellence aspect of the award covered, leading the nation in rushing touchdowns (26) and ranking second in rushing yards per game (145). Gehart was an excellent athelte this year proving it with his rushing yds (1736), including rushing for at least 200yds in 3 of his games and having 3 or more TDs in 5 games. He also led Stanford over USC, Oregon and Notre Dame. He showed his excellence and was a well deserving candidate.

Tim Tebow: Tebow had an fantastic season this year; he passed for 2413yds, 18Tds, 5Ints and he rushed for 859yds and 13Tds. Tebow won the Heisman award two years ago as a sophomore when he had 55 total TDs. Tebow led Florida to an undefeated regular season, however the Gators were unable to beat Alabama in the SEC Championship game and lost a spot in the National Title Game with the loss. Tebow played his worst game of the season against Alabama and that game hurt his chances greatly of winning the Heisman, but he is still a great player that deserves to be a candidate.

All of these candidates were worthy of winning the award, but it was Mark Ingram who took the award home!

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