Alabama’s Crimson Tide is the home to the newest Heisman Trophy winner, Mark Ingram. Mark Ingram, a 5-foot10, 215 pound running back became the first Heisman winner in Alabama’s school history. Flint, Michigan is celebrating as their local boy has become a legend.
Mark Ingram in his acceptance speech said, “It’s a great honor to be here, to be a member of the Heisman fraternity. I’m so excited to bring Alabama its first Heisman winner.” As he thanked his family, teammates and coaches, “Everybody in Alabama has had my back, supporting me. When I’m walking to class, students flash the Heisman pose. People in Flint telling me I’m a winner that meant so much.”
History of the Heisman Trophy
Since its inception in 1935, the Heisman Trophy has become the single most celebrated award in American collegiate athletics. It is a national symbol of the collegiate football experience and competitiveness.
Two trophies are awarded. One of the 45 pound statues goes to the player and one remains showcased at the college. The bronze statue was designed by New York sculptor Frank Eliscu and is 14 inches long and 13 and a half inches high.
Voting for the Heisman Winner
The bulk of the voting for the Heisman winners falls upon the media, particularly the sports journalists from across the county. The sports journalists are informed, competent and impartial. The US is divided into six regions and headed up with a Sectional Representative.
The Sectional Representatives selects the individuals who will cast the votes. The amount of votes that a particular state is allotted depends upon the size of the state and the number of media outlets within that state. Larger, more populated states have more votes than smaller states.
Additionally, every former Heisman winner has a vote as well. Beginning in 1999, the public at large has one fan vote eligible in the overall tabulation. The total number of voters in the 2009 Heisman race was 926.
The Heisman Ballots:
When voting for the Heisman, each voter has space for three names. The first place name receives three points; the second place receives two points, and third receives one point. The total points are then tabulated to select the final winner. The ballots are void unless signed by the elector.
Mark Ingram Wins the Heisman
Mark Ingram won the Heisman with 28 points to spare, making it the closest vote in Heisman History. The Heisman trophy is the most prestigious award in College football. It is the first Heisman in Alabama’s history.
Mark Ingram led the Crimson Tide to the nation’s No. 1 ranking and a berth in the BCS national championship game. He rushed for a total of 1,542 yards and had 15 rushing touchdowns. He also caught passes totaling 322 yards and an additional three touchdowns.
Mark Ingram states, “I’m so proud of all my teammates. We’ve had a great season.”