More Hardware Could Be On Way

When Alabama's football team returns to the practice field Saturday on the Thomas-Drew practice fields, Crimson Tide players will be working adjacent to the Mal M. Moore Athletics Facility, which is being stuffed with more and more hardware.

The most notable new addition is the Heisman Trophy won by sophomore Alabama tailback Mark Ingram. It may have come to your attention that it is the first Heisman Trophy ever presented to a Crimson Tide player. But more hardware has been added, and there could be more to come.

Much more.

The items that dominate the Hall of Champions in the Moore Building are national championship trophies. Right now there are 12 of them, but space has been left for more.

Alabama's next opportunity to add a national championship trophy comes January 7 in the BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Bama, ranked number one, will take on second-ranked Texas. Both teams are 13-0.

On Friday, Ingram was named the Sporting News National Player of the Year and six Crimson Tide players garnered All-America honors the publication announced this week.

Ingram, a native of Flint, Mich., headed a group of three first-team All-Americans for the Tide that included left guard Mike Johnson and linebacker Rolando McClain. Terrence Cody and Javier Arenas were named to the second team while Leigh Tiffin was selected to the third team.

Earlier those six and safety Mark Barron had been selected to the All-Southeastern Conference team by the publication.

Additionally, Alabama Coach Nick Saban was selected as the Sporting News SEC Coach of the Year.

Ingram was also the 2009 Sporting News SEC Offensive MVP. The sophomore shattered the Alabama single-season rushing record with 1,542 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns. He averaged 118.6 yards rushing per game and 6.2 yards per carry while catching 30 passes out of the backfield for 322 yards and three touchdowns. He compiled 1,864 all-purpose yards and 18 touchdowns this season.

McClain won the 2009 Dick Butkus Award and Jack Lambert Award, given to the nation's best linebacker. The junior led one of the nation's top defensive units with 101 tackles, including 12.5 tackles for loss (-58 yards) and four sacks (-36 yards). He also added 14 quarterback pressures, three pass breakups, two interceptions (21 return yards) and forced one fumble. The 2009 SEC Defensive Player of the Year is the anchor of an Alabama defense that leads the nation in scoring defense (11.0 ppg) and pass efficiency defense (88.81 rating) while ranking second in rushing defense (77.9 ypg) and total defense (241.69 ypg).

Johnson led a rebuilt offensive line that helped clear a path for 215.9 rushing yards per game and 413.77 yards of total offense while surrendering just 1.15 sacks per game to rank 19th nationally. He has played in every game in his UA career and shares the school record with 53 career games played. Johnson was also named to the 2009 AFCA All-American Team and was a first-team All-SEC selection by the SEC Coaches and Associated Press.

Cody, a native of Fort Myers, Fla., garnered second-team accolades along with cornerback Javier Arenas. Cody registered 25 tackles with six tackles for loss as he anchored the middle of the Tide's No. 2 rush defense. Arenas was third on the team in tackles with 66 while recording five sacks, 12 tackles for loss and two interceptions. He was the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year and the conference's career leader in punt return touchdowns (7) and punt return yards (1,733).

Tiffin is Alabama's all-time leader with 378 points and 82 field goals during his 45-game career with the Tide. He has converted 132 career extra points. During the 2009 season, Tiffin has converted 29-of-33 field goal attempts and 38-of-41 extra points. The 29 field goals also established the school's single-season record.

Barron was the Tide's second-leading tackler this season with 70 total stops. He led the SEC with 17 passes defended and seven interceptions (125 yards), including a 77-yard touchdown against South Carolina on Oct. 17. He also added four quarterback pressures, 2.5 tackles for loss and a half sack this season. He had a season-high eight tackles against Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee. He also added two interceptions and two pass breakups in the win at Mississippi State. Barron was also named to the SEC Coaches and AP First-Team All-SEC squads this season.

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