How Ingram Can Win The Heisman

With November upon us, it’s time to look at what each of the top candidates have to do–and what has to happen–to win the Heisman.  First up, Mark Ingram:

Stats so far: 1,004 yards on 153 carries, 8 touchdowns, 6.6 yards per carry, 126 yards per game, 19 catches, 186 yards, 3 touchdowns.

Games to Go: No. 9 LSU, at Mississippi State, Chattanooga, at Auburn, Florida (maybe)

Best Route to the Heisman:

1. Rush for over 100 yards in a win over LSU. 

2. Maintain current rushing average in Tide wins over MSU, Chattanooga and Auburn.

3. Rush for over 100 yards in a win over Florida. 

4.  Finish with at least 1,600 rushing yards by the time of the Heisman vote.

If Ingram closed out in this fashion, it would take a mega-finish from Colt McCoy for him not to win the Heisman. 

Possible Pitfalls: 

1. Getting bottled up in a loss to LSU

2. Getting bottled up in a loss to Florida

Should both of these happen, I think his chances of winning would be slim, though losing to Florida after an impressive finish (including a win over LSU) would still put him in a solid position heading into the ceremony.  Otherwise, he pretty much controls his Heisman destiny.


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5 Responses to How Ingram Can Win The Heisman

  1. Ed Newman November 4, 2009 at 1:50 pm #

    2. Juniors and seniors have the overwhelming advantage in the Heisman race and, as a general rule, will win over an underclassman. But a sophomore from a traditional power who puts up extraordinary single-season numbers can’t be discounted.

    The 1,600 rushing yards that you think he needs to win the award are in no way “extraordinary”, yet the Heisman would be almost assured. It would be the second fewest rushing yards for a winning running back in about 25 years surpassing only Reggie Bush who led the nation in All Purpose Yards that year (and Ingram is not a big threat outside of his rushing). Ingram doesn’t even have the most yards in his conference right now, and is 6th in the country in rushing yards. He may well wind up as the best candidate in this watered down year. If he wins it you should not amend your Heismandment as you did going into the year, you should scrap it altogether. I’d start working on a replacement Heismandment now if I were you.

  2. Heismanpundit November 4, 2009 at 2:01 pm #

    If he wins, I would probably further amend Heismandment No. 2. Seniors and juniors still with the advantage, but sophomores can win on occasion. Freshmen still barred.

  3. Ed Newman November 4, 2009 at 3:05 pm #

    If we get another Adrian Peterson (admittedly a once-a-generation back) I don’t think his freshman class affiliation will hold him back anymore.

  4. philnotfil November 4, 2009 at 5:45 pm #

    Just for fun:
    Ingram rushing TDs- 8
    Tebow rushing TDs- 8


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