I posited earlier in the season that Alabama–which has never won a Heisman–would probably win one in the near future due to the Tide’s return to elite status under Nick Saban.
Of course with the emergence of Mark Ingram, that future could be arriving a lot sooner than we thought!
I think the lack of Alabama Heismans could actually work in Ingram’s favor if he stays at or near the top of the race. After all, Alabama is one of the top three or four programs in college football history and it seems odd that it has never won this individual honor. I think some Heisman voters might take that into account when ballots are due.
One thing I’ve noticed in past discussions of the Heisman and Alabama is the attitude of Tide fans toward the trophy. Many profess to be disinterested (at best) in the award, but I’ve always chalked up that sentiment to the dearth of Alabama Heisman candidates over the years rather than a true distaste for the tradition.
Given that, my question right now is: Will Ingram’s campaign cause Alabama fans to finally embrace the Heisman?