Ingram Is SEC Athlete Of Year

A name that most Alabama football fans want to forget is Roy Kramer, the former commissioner of the Southeastern Conference who is viewed as part of the Tennessee conspiracy to damage Crimson Tide football. But this week Kramer's name is a positive for Bama football.

Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram has been named Southeastern Conference Male Athlete of the Year, the league office announced Tuesday.

Ingram and LSU gymnast Susan Jackson were named as the 2009-10 Roy F. Kramer SEC Male and Female Athletes of the Year, as voted on by league athletics directors.

"Mark and Susan are true examples of outstanding student-athletes," SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement. "They have competed at the highest level of collegiate athletics and through their hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence have been successful in their endeavors. They are fine representatives for their universities and this conference. The SEC is proud to honor them for their accomplishments."

Ingram became Alabama's first Heisman Trophy winner as a sophomore, leading the Crimson Tide to a 14-0 record, including the SEC and national championships. He became just the sixth player since 1950 to win the Heisman and lead his team to a national championship in the same season.

A unanimous first-team All-America, Ingram was named Amateur Athlete of the Year in Alabama by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, the Sporting News National Player of the Year, and SEC Offensive Player of the Year. He finished 2009 with 20 touchdowns — 17 rushing and three receiving. Ingram ran for an average of 156.8 yards per game against Bama's six top-25 opponents, with an average 188.8 rushing and receiving yards in those games. He also set Alabama's single-season rushing record with 1,658 yards.

The other male nominees were: Zack Cox, Arkansas (baseball); Hunter Morris, Auburn (baseball); Tim Tebow, Florida (football); Russell Henley, Georgia (golf); John Wall, Kentucky (basketball); Walter Henning, LSU (track and field); Drew Pomeranz, Ole Miss (baseball); Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State (basketball); Johnny Dutch, South Carolina (track & field); Eric Berry, Tennessee (football); Jedrmaine Beal, Vanderbilt (basketball).

Softball All-America Charlotte Morgan was Alabama's nominee for SEC Female Athlete of the Year.

The SEC Athletes of the Year Awards were first presented in 1976 for men and 1984 for women.

Past Alabama winners of the SEC Athlete of the Year Award include: Jeana Rice, (gymnastics) in 2004; Andreé Pickens (gymnastics) in 2002; Dee Foster (gymnastics) in 1990, Derrick Thomas (football) in 1989; Cornelius Bennett (football) and Lillie Leatherwood-King, (track and field) in 1987; Penney Hauschild (gymnastics) in 1985; and Reggie King (basketball) in 1979.

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