Why Ingram May Win Heisman

Years ago I was one of the voters on the Heisman Trophy. Almost every sportswriter and sportscaster who wants to be a voter can wangle a way to get a ballot. I opted out because I knew I wasn't really paying a lot of attention to players other than those at Alabama and on teams playing against the Crimson Tide. I didn't think I could do the job justice.

From what I've read, it doesn't seem to bother some voters. I've read a lot of columns in the last few days about why a voter has selected one player or another on his ballot. Most of it is self-serving bunk.

I'll admit to prejudice on my part in favoring Mark Ingram. I have interviewed him almost every week since August in covering Alabama football, and he is a thoughtful and delightful young man. He's also an outstanding football player, as good a running back as I've seen in a long, long time. Certainly this year.

I think there are at least six reasons Mark Ingram's name will be called tonight. I also recognize there are reasons it will not, though I hope the pettiness of some Southern sportswriters, homers for teams other than Alabama, is not one of those reasons.

To the positives--why I think Ingram will be this year's Heisman Trophy winner:

Last weekend he had an outstanding game against the number one team and number one defense in the nation, leading Bama to the Southeastern Conference championship and a spot in the national championship game. While he was having an outstanding game, two of his high-profile competitors -- Texas quarterback Colt McCoy and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow -- were having poor games.

The fact that Alabama has never had a Heisman Trophy winner has resonated in college football this year. All the championships, all the great players, and no Heisman? Here is the chance to rectify that.

Anytime an Alabama player breaks a record, he has overtaken outstanding players before him. This year Ingram became the all-time leading rusher in storied Crimson Tide history and he set the mark for most yards rushing in a game in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Alabama is the number one team in the nation and Ingram is the star of the team.

Ingram is a running back, not a quarterback. Some voters like to vote for a position other than quarterback if given a viable option. Ingram is such an option. (The downside for Ingram is there are a couple of others.)

Persevering over the difficulty of a father in the news for criminal activity. Mark Ingram, Sr. is incarcerated for white collar crime. If he had been a rapist or murderer, it would not have produced any sympathy for his son.

We'll know in a few hours, and I hope Mark Ingram's name is called.

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