Comparing Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson

I thought it was worth making the comparison between 2009 Heisman winner Mark Ingram and current contender Trent Richardson after eight games:

Mark Ingram: 153 carries, 1,004 yards, 6.56 YPC, 125.5 YPG, 8 TDs, 19 receptions, 186 yards, 3 TDs

Trent Richardson: 149 carries, 989 yards, 6.64 YPC, 123.6 YPG, 17 TDs, 18 receptions, 212 yards, 1 TD

As you can see, Ingram (barely) trumps him in yardage, but is behind in yards per carry, receiving yards and, above all, total touchdowns scored. So far this year, Richardson is Mr. Touchdown.

Ingram had perhaps the weakest Heisman-winning season in the last 40 years, with the fewest rushing yards for a running back winner since Archie Griffin repeated in 1975 and the smallest margin of victory (28 points) in the trophy’s history.

But Ingram won anyway that year because (1) the field was fairly weak and (2) Ndamukong Suh single-handedly destroyed Colt McCoy’s Heisman hopes by taking a ton of votes away from him in the Midlands region.

For Richardson to catch a strong front runner like Andrew Luck, he’ll need to first make people forget about Ingram. And that means increasing his rushing yardage output.

Obviously, the next game with LSU is a great place to start.

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5 Responses to Comparing Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson

  1. AUman76 October 27, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    ain’t a gonna happen! LSU will shut down TR and force bammer to throw the ball. While
    bammer’s OL is a bit better than Auburn’s OL LSU will still smoother the run and pressure
    the QB almost at will. The one advantage bammer has is their defense may be even better.
    Just as physical and a bit faster. The one thing that may happen is a missed tackle or defensive
    screw up that allows for a big play. In a game like this it only takes one mistake either way.

  2. Myron L King October 28, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    To the Idiot who said that I just want to say this Trent Richardson says this bring it on LSU because his gonna
    get his Heisman Trophy. And ur right though Bama(not bammer) do have a more big punishing physical O-line so keep that in mind Yo.
    thank you listening
    Myron L. King

  3. CM October 31, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    It’s a little silly to really look at stats. If you’ve seen Bama at all this season, then you know Trent Richardson plays maybe 3 quarters a game…and isn’t in the game when the opponent is worn down where he could get “garbage” yards to pad his stats. The guy could easily have run for 2,000 yards this season if he played the whole game every week. But like Ingram, it’s big performances in the big games that win voters…clutch time on the national stage. If TR goes for 100 yards and Bama wins the LSU game, he should be considered the frontrunner…sorry, Lucky wasn’t that impressive against a very weak USC pass defense.

  4. AUman76 November 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    well fella’s how did the game of the century work out for y’all and Mr Richardson? No 100 yards, no
    Heisman, no undefeated season and if OSU or Stanford win out no NC! Have a nice day cause it’s gotta be better than yesterday huh? LMAO
    Gonna say this again…….bammer backs don’t show up in BIG GAMES!

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