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.