Tag:Mark Ingram
Posted on: September 25, 2010 8:02 pm

Two 4th quarter INTs doom Ryan Mallett, Arkansas

Posted by Adam Jacobi

If Ryan Mallett's Heisman candidacy was kick-started by his game-winning touchdown drive at Georgia last week, it was just as surely ruined by his 4th quarter collapse, as top-ranked Alabama escaped No. 10 Arkanas with a 24-20 win.

Mallett's first three quarters were perhaps his most impressive as a Razorback; he carved the Alabama defense to the tune of 21-28 passing, 313 yards, one passing touchdown (and another on the ground), and one rather ill-advised interception in Alabama's end zone. His fourth quarter? 4-10, 44 yards, and two back-breaking interceptions. One was returned by Robert Lester to the Arkansas 11 yard line and led to Alabama's go-ahead touchdown; the next would seal the game, as Arkansas never got the ball back.

If anybody's Heisman candidacy was helped in today's game, it's probably Mark Ingram; people assumed Ingram's campaign to repeat as Heisman winner was completely derailed by his two games missed at the beginning of the season. Ingram rushed for 157 yards on 24 carries today, including an electric 54-yard touchdown in the first half, and he added 27 receiving yards on two catches. If he was feeling any ill effects from his knee surgery from before the season, it wasn't immediately evident today.

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Posted on: September 25, 2010 6:49 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 6:52 pm

Crucial INT leads to Alabama's first lead, 24-20

Posted by Adam Jacobi

As expected, No. 1 Alabama has made a game of it in Fayetteville. No. 10 Arkansas held 'Bama to a field goal, pushing the score to 20-17 Arkansas.

Holding Alabama to three was critical for the Razorbacks, because Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett just threw a horror show of an interception, one that Robert Lester returned to the Arkansas red zone. Three rushes later, Mark Ingram plowed into the end zone, and all of a sudden, it's 24-20 Alabama, marking the Crimson Tide's first lead of the entire game.

Now, for the second week in a row, Mallett is being tasked with putting together a game-winning drive against SEC competition. He succeeded against Georgia. Can he now against one of the best defenses in the country?

[Update, 6:49 p.m.: No sir! Mallett has just thrown another interception, his third on the day. Barring disaster, Alabama will come away with a win.]

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Posted on: September 25, 2010 5:37 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 6:09 pm

Arkansas takes 10-point lead over Alabama at half

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The blockbuster matchup between No. 1 Alabama and host No. 10 Arkansas has, at the half, tilted in the Razorbacks' favor. Arkansas leads 17-7 on the strength of two Ryan Mallett touchdowns, and Alabama has been hurt by two uncharacteristic interceptions by QB Greg McElroy.

Early in the game, Arkansas drew first blood with a magnificent pitch-and-catch from Mallett to Ronnie Wingo:

At that point, Alabama responded with an equal display of force, as Mark Ingram reminded everybody that he is, in fact, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner:

But both quarterbacks threw awful end zone interceptions, killing great scoring chances for both teams, and another bad pick for Alabama gave Arkansas the ball near midfield late in the second half. Mallett drove the team down the field with his rifle of an arm, and the 6'6" quarterback stretched across the goal line on a 1-yard sneak to push the lead to 17-7 with under 20 seconds left.

And that's where we stand now.

The game's not over, not by a long shot; both Ingram and Trent Richardson are running with a purpose for the Crimson Tide, and Mallett's probably still got some head-scratching throws left in him today. But we're 30 minutes in, and Arkansas has a double-digit lead. Coming into this game, the Razorbacks would have been thrilled to be where they are now.

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

Welcome back, Mark Ingram

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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Posted on: September 18, 2010 3:02 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 3:22 pm

Mark Ingram will start against Duke

Posted by Chip Patterson

Mark Ingram's speedy recovery from knee surgery only kept him out for the Alabama's first two games.  After completing a full week of practice and "looking good" while doing it, Ingram will return to the field for the first time since accepting the national championship in January.

Ingram can be found in his old stomping ground on Saturday, back in the starting lineup.  Ingram's starting spot has been kept warm by sophomore phenom Trent Richardson.  Now with the Heisman Trophy winner sharing carries with Richardson, Alabama's rushing attack quickly jumps from "one of the best" in the nation to "the rushing attack."

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Posted on: September 15, 2010 9:47 am
Edited on: September 15, 2010 9:52 am

Ingram's return seems likely for Saturday

Posted by Chip Patterson

Alabama has been able to handily take care of their first two opponents without the presence of defending Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, who has missed time rehabbing from arthroscopic knee surgery.  Backup running back Trent Richardson (if we can even call him a backup) has thrived in his new starter position, averaging 6.6 yards per carry so far this season.  

Ingram returned to practice earlier this week, and all signs seem to be pointing towards him returning to the Crimson Tide lineup this weekend against Duke.

“He looks good. He’s excited to be back (and) we’re certainly thrilled to have him back,” Crimson Tide center William Vlachos said. “How much he’ll play, I don’t know. But he’s practiced the last two days, and he’s looked good. His spirits are high.”

In Ingram’s absence, sophomore Trent Richardson has averaged more than 100 yards per game, but Richardson is glad to have one of his closest friends on the team back just the same.

“It doesn’t look like he had any surgery, or that anything happened to him,” Richardson said.

“I’m very excited he’s come back. I (texted) him just last night, and said, ‘Glad to have you back, big bro.’ There’s nothing like having him in the backfield with me.”
Any doubts about Alabama's place atop the polls has been put to rest with two convincing wins against San Jose State and Penn State.  The Alabama defense has yet to allow a touchdown all season, and with Ingram healthy they carry arguably the two of the best running backs in the nation.  Some would even contend that Ingram is one of the best players in the nation and still isn't even the best running back on his own team.  

Regardless of how you would rank them, the Crimson Tide are better with Ingram in the lineup, and they've looked awfully good without him.  It would not be a surprise to see him take the field in limited action this week to get some game experience under his belt.  Duke's defense gave up 54 points to Wake Forest and 27 to Elon, currently resting them at 114th in the nation in points against.  This should be a good warm up so that Ingram does not have to see his first action at No. 12 Arkansas next week in Fayetteville.

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Posted on: September 13, 2010 3:52 pm

Mark Ingram practicing, may play Saturday

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Trent Richardson had quite a night against Penn State on Saturday night, rushing for 144 yards and a touchdown while also grabbing four receptions for another 44 yards.  In other words, the Alabama Crimson Tide didn't miss their Heisman Trophy running back Mark Ingram all that much.  Though it appears that the Tide won't be missing Ingram at all in the near future, and that Richardson's role as the featured back may be coming to an end.

Ingram returned to practice on Monday after missing Alabama's first two games due to arthroscopic surgery on his left knee at the end of August.  It's possible that he may be on the field this Saturday when the Tide head to Durham to take on the Duke Blue Devils.  The deciding factor will be, according to Nick Saban , how much Ingram is able to practice.

He's still listed as day-to-day and Saban wants to see "how he gets back into it."

Odds are that if Saban sees anything he doesn't like from Ingram on the practice field, he's not going to risk hurting his running back any further against a Duke team that shouldn't pose much of a threat to his team.

After all, Trent Richardson has proven himself more than capable of carrying the load for Bama's offense, and there are some of us out there -- like me, for instance -- who think that Richardson is the best running back on Alabama's roster.  Even when Mark Ingram is fully healthy.
Posted on: September 7, 2010 1:19 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2010 1:26 pm

Saban: Ingram's status still unknown for Saturday

Posted by Chip Patterson

Alabama didn't need the services of their Heisman Trophy winning running back Mark Ingram in the 48-3 route of San Jose State.  They didn't even need more than two quarters out of his backup, Trent Richardson.  

The running back duties were split in the second half between Eddie Lacey and Demetrius Goode, and the pair were able to combine for 177 yards and a pair of touchdowns.  It's fair to say that the Tide are deep at the running back position, but they cannot expect that kind of production against teams all season long.  

Ingram, who is rehabbing from arthroscopic surgery on his knee, watched the game from the sideline but did not dress out.  His official status is week-to-week, but head coach Nick Saban will not make a prediction as to whether he will return for Alabama's game against Penn State on Saturday.

"I don't know if he'll be able to play in this game. It depends on how he reacts to every day, and nobody really knows how that's going to be," Saban said. "It would probably be a little bit of a stretch for everything to go perfectly, but that's where it is. That's all anybody knows right now so that's all anybody can say. I'm not making any predictions on any hypothetical situations."
Doesn't sound like Saban has all that much faith that Ingram will return against the Nittany Lions.  Ingram could potentially have the opportunity to give his knee another week to rehab if he were to sit out a third week when Alabama travels to play at Duke.  That way Ingram could try to be 100% when the Tide begin their grueling conference schedule that begins September 25 at Arkansas.  (AP Photo/Dave Martin)   

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