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Welcome back, Mark Ingram

Posted on: September 18, 2010 4:25 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 5:53 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

HALFTIME UPDATE: Alabama heads into half leading Duke 45-13.  Starting quarterback Greg McElroy has already been pulled for the day, and it looks like Ingram will share the same fate.  If so, his final stat line will read seven rushes for 148 yards and two touchdowns, with much of that being after first contact.  Nick Saban addressed his personnel situation with sideline reporter Jenn Brown before heading to the locker room.  "We'll decide at halftime what we do with our players," Saban said.  "I think [Ingram] has played enough."  

Even if it was only flashes, seeing Ingram back on the field was a friendly reminder of how powerful the Crimson Tide offensive attack can be.  Greg McElory has added thrown three touchdowns and the Trent Richardson took a bobbled kick return 91 yards to the house.  Won't be surprised to see almost all second and third stringers on the field in the second half, as Saban will likely use the remainder of the game to learn more about his squad.

UPDATE: Ingram hasn't stopped, yard now the yards total 148.  Best thing for Tide fans is to see how Ingram is running after contact, one of his most valuable assets.  He has been doing Ingram things, bouncing off defenders and cutting through blocks flawlessly.  He has shown no signs yet of any complications, and Alabama leads 35-3 with 9:00 left in the second quarter.

Mark Ingram is just fine, thanks for asking.

The defending Heisman Trophy winner picked up where he left off in 2009 with an dominating first quarter against Duke.  Ingram took his first touch 48 yards on the first play of the game and never looked back.  With just over three minutes left in the first quarter, Ingram has rushed for 119 yards on five carries and scored twice.  Alabama is seemingly having their way with the Duke defense, piling up 247 total yards and taking a 28-3 lead.

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