Ingram Pulls Off Rare Double Feat

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Mark Ingram ran right over that Heisman Trophy jinx.

Turning in a workmanlike performance with a few timely plays, the Alabama tailback carried 22 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns in Alabama's 37-21 victory over Texas in the BCS national title game.

With his mother watching from the stands - and his famous father still in jail - Ingram is only the second player to win college football's most prestigious individual award and a national title in the same season since the inception of the BCS. He joined Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart who won both in 2004.

Ingram was sidelined briefly by leg cramps, but returned to the game just in time to help polish off a 14-0 season for Alabama.

Coach Nick Saban praised Ingram for his "great competitive character." Ingram says he was "so happy to leave my heart out there for the team, and blood, sweat and tears."

That adversity includes his father Mark Sr.'s imprisonment on a money laundering and bank fraud conviction. The former New York Giants and Miami Dolphins wide receiver was sentenced to 92 months but could have time tacked on for failing to report to a federal prison in Kentucky in December 2008, apparently because he wanted to see his son play in the Sugar Bowl.


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