We caught up with Mark Ingram on Friday afternoon in New York City:
On the whole Heisman experience:
“It’s been really fun, really exciting, getting to know the guys, spending time with them and developing relationships. We talked a little bit about the upcoming games, but we mostly just were trying to get to know each other and learn about each other.
“It hasn’t really hit me that I’m a Heisman Trophy finalist. It’ll probably hit me pretty hard tomorrow. Right now I’m just enjoying the time, enjoying being around the guys.
“I think every football player dreams of winning the Heisman when they’re younger. The fact that this is a reality right now is just overwhelming .
On his father, Mark Ingram, Sr., who is serving time in prison for money laundering
“My dad’s sharing this with me. He’s here in spirit. I love my dad to death and he loves me, too. He’s here in my heart and that’s all that matters.
On his competition
“All the candidates have helped their team and all of them are deserving of the award. It’s an honor to be mentioned in the same breath as them.
On what it means to possibly become Alabama’s first Heisman winner
“It’d be really special, really important to represent my family, my friends, my teammates and all of the Alabama family. To bring them back the Heisman would be special and important.
“It’s kind of crazy to me that no Alabama player has ever won the Heisman.
What he’s looking forward to on Saturday
“I’m excited to meet all the winners. It’s incredible that I have a chance to share this with them. I’m really looking forward to meeting all of them.
On whether he wrote an acceptance speech yet
“Nah. I might jot some stuff down just in case, but I don’t have anything yet.
On whether he sees himself as the frontrunner
“I think it’s a coin toss. Some say I’m going to win. It’s going to be really close. I’ll be supporting of whoever wins. I’m just really excited and honored to be here.”