Alabama's Ingram Wins Heisman
Running back is the first Crimson Tide player to get honor
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 12, 2009 7:53 PM CST
Alabama running back Mark Ingram stands with the Heisman Trophy.   (AP Photo/Kelly Kline, Pool)
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(Newser) – Mark Ingram completed the trophy case at Alabama, delivering the first Heisman to a school that boasts one of the richest histories in college football. The tough-running sophomore tailback turned tearful after winning the Heisman Trophy tonight in the closest vote in the award's 75-year history. He finished 28 points ahead of Stanford running back Toby Gerhart. Next month, he'll try to lead his team to a championship in the BCS title game against Texas.

Ingram wiped away tears and took a moment to steady himself before starting his speech. "I'm a little overwhelmed right now," he said. "I'm just so excited to bring Alabama their first Heisman winner." Ingram received 227 first-place votes and 1,304 points. Gerhart got 222 first-place votes and 1,276 points, while Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, last season's runner-up, received 203 and 1,145. Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fourth and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, who won the Heisman two years ago, was fifth.