Sunday, December 13, 2009

Mark Ingram Wins The Heisman Trophy

Congratulations to Mark Ingram (Alabama)
Winner of the 75th Heisman Trophy





In this photo:
  1. Sam Bradford - Oklahoma - 2008 winner
  2. Doak Walker - SMU - 1948 winner
  3. Roger Staubach - Navy - 1963 winner
  4. Earl Campbell - Texas - 1977 winner
  5. Alan Ameche - Wisconsin - 1954 winner
  6. Davey O'Brien - TCU - 1938 winner
  7. Archie Griffin - Ohio State - 1974, 1975 winner
  8. Desmond Howard - Michigan - 1991 winner
  9. Bo Jackson - Auburn - 1985 winner
  10. Carson Palmer - USC - 2002 winner
  11. Nile Kinnick - Iowa - 1939 winner
  12. Tim Tebow - Florida - 2007 winner
  13. Mark Ingram - Alabama - 2009 winner
Note: I selected these winners at random, representing different eras.

Fun facts about the Heisman Trophy winners:

Winners who went on to be the #1 selection in the NFL Draft:
  1. Jay Berwanger - Chicago - 1935 winner
  2. Frank Sinkwich - Georgia - 1942 winner
  3. Angelo Bertelli - Notre Dame - 1943 winner
  4. Leon Hart - Notre Dame - 1949 winner
  5. Paul Hornung - Notre Dame - 1956 winner
  6. Billy Cannon - LSU - 1959 winner
  7. Ernie Davis - Syracuse - 1961 winner
  8. Terry Baker - Oregon State - 1962 winner
  9. O.J. Simpson - USC - 1968 winner
  10. Jim Plunkett - Stanford - 1970 winner
  11. Earl Campbell - Texas - 1977 winner
  12. Billy Sims - Oklahoma - 1978 winner
  13. George Rogers - South Carolina - 1980 winner
  14. Bo Jackson - Auburn - 1985 winner
  15. Vinny Testaverde - Miami - 1986 winner
  16. Carson Palmer - USC - 2002 winner
Winners who are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame:
  1. Doak Walker - SMU - 1948 winner
  2. Paul Hornung - Notre Dame - 1956 winner
  3. Roger Staubach - Navy - 1963 winner
  4. O.J. Simpson - USC - 1968 winner
  5. Tony Dorsett - Pittsburgh - 1976 winner
  6. Earl Campbell - Texas - 1977 winner
  7. Marcus Allen - USC - 1981 winner
  8. Barry Sanders - Oklahoma State - 1988 winner
  • Paul Hornung, O.J. Simpson and Earl Campbell are the only Heisman Trophy winners to be #1 overall selections and make the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • Archie Griffin is the only player to win the trophy twice (1974, 1975).
  • Notre Dame, USC and Ohio State have had the most winners (7 each).
Yale, Army, Ohio State and USC are the only schools to have back-to-back winners:
  • Yale - Larry Kelley (1936) and Mike O'Conner (1937)
  • Army - Doc Blanchard (1945) and Glenn Davis (1946)
  • Ohio State - Archie Griffin (1974, 1975)
  • USC - Matt Leinart (2004) and Reggie Bush (2005)
Tim Tebow (2007), Sam Bradford (2008) and Mark Ingram (2009) are the only sophomores to win the trophy.

Ingram is the first player from Alabama to win the trophy. Its hard to believe that such a storied program had never produced a Heisman Trophy winner. But I'm sure the Crimson Tide have their eyes on a bigger trophy come the BCS National Championship Game.

Stats courtesy of Wikipedia

Photos courtesy of the AP, Getty Images, espn.com and the public domain

3 comments:

  1. This is how I would have voted for the Heisman:

    1. Gearhart
    2. Suh
    3. Tebow
    4. Ingram
    5. McCoy

    Gearhart had more yards, more TDs, and Stanford wouldn't win games without him. Alabama still beat Florida with a weak performace from Ingram. How would you have voted?

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  2. I had it:

    1) Gearhart
    2) Ingram
    3) Suh
    4) McCoy
    5) Tebow

    I agree with your points on Gearhart. He was the best offensive player this year. Ingram ran for 113 yds and scored 3 TDs against Florida. I think that's what put him over the top. And Suh and the Nebraska defense took McCoy out of the race. The player I was surprised wasn't in the conversation was C.J. Spiller of Clemson. I'm not saying he should have won but I highly doubt Clemson would have made it to the ACC title game without him. He ran for 233 yds and scored 4 TDs in that game against Georgia Tech and his overall numbers were decent. Anyway--

    It was fun researching the topic though. I was surprised when I learned that only 8 of the prior 74 winners are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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  3. Oh you're right on Ingram's performance against Florida, I didn't watch the came and I had heard he didn't have his usual game. Should have checked for myself, but I still wouldn't change my voting.

    Great research, the other thing that would be to research is to see how many Heisman winners lost the following National Championship game. I know it happened twice to OU, Jason White and Sam Bradford.

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