Breaking News: Mark Ingram Wins The Heisman

James WilliamsonSenior Writer IDecember 13, 2009

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - DECEMBER 10:  Running back Mark Ingram of the Alabama Crimson Tide arrives on the red carpet before the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards at the Disney Boardwalk on December 10, 2009 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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In what was the closest Heisman race in the history of football, but running back Mark Ingram from Alabama was the winner of the 2009 Heisman Trophy.

He edged Stanford's Toby Gerhardt by only 28 points with Colt McCoy finishing third and Ndamukong Suh finishing fourth.

The 5-foot-10, 215 pound running back has rushed for 99 or more yards in eight of his last nine games.

He has 1,542 yards rushing, 15 rushing touchdowns, and 322 yards receiving and three touchdowns.

He helped lead the Alabama Crimson Tide to a National Championship berth, and ironically, with a history of championships and All-Americans and great players that came from Alabama to star in the NFL, Mark Ingram is the first Alabama player to win the Heisman Trophy.

He spoke wonderfully, despite his tears of joy, of the people who helped him. His coaches, his teammates, his teachers, his family, and he even spoke highly of his new friends that were his competition.

He said that he has made friendships with them that he will cherish forever.

Mark Ingram will play against the University of Texas Longhorns, January 7th for the National Championship, and the Longhorns will feature Colt McCoy, the third place finisher, as their quarterback.

However, forget the competition. Let's celebrate the success of this young man, who was not at all a wrong choice for this prestigious award.

Congratulations Mark. You earned it.


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