If Mark Ingram captures the Heisman, he’ll do it by rushing for the fewest total yards (1,542) by a winning back since Archie Griffin had 1,357 in 1975.

His per-game rushing average of 119 yards per game would be the fewest by a Heisman-winning back in the modern era of two-platoon football (Griffin hit his total in 11 games, Ingram in 13).

If either Toby Gerhart or Ndamukong Suh wins the Heisman, they’d be the first to win while playing for a four-loss team since Steve Owens won it in 1969 for a 6-4 Oklahoma team.  That’s 40 years ago, for those keeping score at home.

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6 Responses to Drawbacks

  1. V. Money December 12, 2009 at 1:52 pm #

    Do the four losses have to occur before the ceremony? Tim Tebow did play for a four-loss team when he won, but his fourth loss was in a bowl game.

    And, I know this is completely unrelated whatsoever, but, why do they call it “Capital One Bowl Week” when it’s really two weeks long? Paging Dr. Lou.

  2. Zachary December 12, 2009 at 3:00 pm #

    Incorrect. That’s his rushing yards. He has 1,864 total yards to Gerhart’s 1,885 total yards. And Ingram has 42 fewer touches.

  3. Jon December 12, 2009 at 3:34 pm #

    1864 total yards, SEC Champions, Number 1 team playing for the National Championship, Undefeated team in the strongest conference 13-0, shared time with 2 other backs, more yards after contaact, most 20 plus yards per carry, playing for the only team that doesn’t have a Heisman between the other four candidates teams, smallest player in the five candidates, seems like a pretty good resume’ to me.

  4. sandymex December 12, 2009 at 3:41 pm #

    I guess you’ll say and do anything to justify voting Gehart #1 while leaving Ingram off your ballot. This just looks like yet more sour grapes from the guy who claimed 3 of the SEC’s bowl teams are “bogus.”

    Doesn’t Gerhart join Ingram in having fewer rushing yards than any RB winner going back to Archie Griffin? Doesn’t Gerhart have more losses than any Heisman winner at ANY position going back to Steve Owens in 1969? Isn’t Gerhart 3-4 in close games this year while Ingram is 4-0? Gerhart certainly has 41 more touches than Ingram, but only 39 more yards for all those extra opportunities.

  5. Geoff December 12, 2009 at 6:42 pm #

    Ingram, regardless of whether you like him or think he’s deserving, will go down as one of the WORST players to win the Heisman – please keep in mind that “worst” is relative only to that incredible high standard of Heisman winners – obviously, he’s a talented athlete or he wouldn’t be there.


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