Ingram Eeks It Out

In what was announced as the closest (28 total points / 5 first-place votes) contest ever for the most prestigious college football award, Mark Ingram of Alabama wins the 75th Heisman Trophy Award.

According to the ESPN story, here are the numbers:

  • Ingram: 1,304 total points • 227 first-place votes
  • Gerhart: 1,276 total points • 222 first-place votes
  • McCoy: 1,145 total points • 203 first-place votes

Ndamukong Suh was fourth; Tim Tebow finished fifth.

The previous closest vote in Heisman history came in 1985, when Auburn’s Bo Jackson beat Iowa quarterback Chuck Long by 45 points.

Mark Ingram, Alabama running back, accepts the 75th Heisman Trophy Award Saturday night in New York. Getty Images.

When Ingram’s name was announced, it was a very emotional moment, as it often times is. The tears flowed freely once Mark reached the podium. And when his first words came, the tears came more freely.

No matter how you felt about the outcome (and I’m clearly on the record that Stanford RB Toby Gerhart was the deserving winner, even though the VITF group tally went for Ingram), looking at Mark Ingram standing at the podium made you very happy for him. How could you not be?

But he composed himself and delivered a short, eloquent speech. He thanked people directly: family, school officials, coaches, teammates, trainers, and his fellow Heisman candidates. It meant a lot to him to be the first Alabama player to win the award. It meant a lot to him to be the newest member of the Heisman Family.

He briefly lifted the trophy, shook hands with the former award winners who were lined at the back of the small stage, and that was it.

Meanwhile…

Colt McCoy sat on the bench looking a bit like a bridesmaid who just knew that disappointment would surely rear its ugly head a few minutes before 9 pm ET. Toby Gerhart was left looking like he got rooked simply by having attended Stanford University. Ndamukong Suh looked like someone who knew his cruel role was to blaze some sort of dead-end trail for future defensive lineman. And Tim Tebow knew he was there for the ride – in some future year he too will be standing at the back of the stage as a prop shaking hands with future winners.

This ain’t kids’ soccer camp – no trophies for everybody.

But there have been a lot of other trophies handed out to a lot of outstanding college football players for 2009, including our very own sensation, Eric Berry as the nation’s best defensive back. Here is a list – and you won’t feel too sorry for the Heisman runners up after looking at this list.

Other Player of the Year Awards

Colt McCoy • QB • Texas — Maxwell Award (Player of the Year). Award has been given since 1937. Peyton Manning of Tennessee won the award in 1997.

Colt McCoy • QB • Texas — Walter Camp Award (Player of the Year). Award has been given since 1967.

Colt McCoy • QB • Texas — Chic Harley Award (Player of the Year). Award has been given since 1967.

AP Player of the Year — To Be Announced. Award has been given since 1998.

Sporting News Player of the Year — To Be Announced. Award has been given since 1942.

Offensive Player Awards

Colt McCoy • QB • Texas — Davey O-Brian Award (Best Quarterback). Award has been given since 1981. Peyton Manning of Tennessee won the award in 1997.

Colt McCoy • QB • Texas — Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (Best Senior Quarterback). Award has been given since 1987. Peyton Manning of Tennessee won the award in 1997.

Case Keenum • QB • Houston — Sammy Baugh Award (Best Passer). Award has been given since 1987.

Manning Award (Best Quarterback) — To Be Announced (after the bowl games). Award has been given since 2004.

Toby Gerhart • RB • Stanford — Doak Walker Award (Best Running Back). Award has been given since 1990.

Golden Tate • WR • Notre Dame — Biletnikoff Award (Best Receiver). Award has been given since 1994.

Maurice Pouncey • C • Florida — Rimington Trophy (Best Center). Award has been given since 2000.

Aaron Hernandez • TE • Florida — John Mackey Award (Best Tight End). Award has been given since 2000.

Defensive Player Awards

Ndamukong Suh • DL • Nebraska — Chuck Bednarik Award (Best Defensive Player). Award has been given since 1995.

Ndamukong Suh • DL • Nebraska — Bronko Hagurski Award (Best Defensive Player). Award has been given since 1993.

Ndamukong Suh • DL • Nebraska — Lombardi Award (Best Lineman or Linebacker). Award has been given since 1970.

Ndamukong Suh • DL • Nebraska — Outland Trophy (Best Interior Lineman). Award has been given since 1946. Winners from Tennessee have been Steve DeLong (1964) and John Henderson (2000).

Eric Berry • SS • Tennessee — Jim Thorpe Award (Defensive Back). Award has been given since 1986.

Eric Berry • SS • Tennessee — Jack Tatum Trophy (Defensive Back). Award has been given since 1991. Eric Berry also won the award in 2008.

James Laurinaitis • LB • Ohio State — Lott Trophy (Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year). Award has been given since 2008.

Rolando McClain • LB • Alabama — Dick Butkus Award (Best Linebacker). Award has been given since 1985.

Jerry Hughes • DE • TCU — Ted Hendricks Award (Best Defensive End). Award has been given since 2002.

Special Teams Player Awards

Drew Butler • P • Georgia — Ray Guy Award (Punter). Award has been given since 2000.

Kai Forbath • PK • UCLA — Lou Groza Award (Placekicker). Award has been given since 1992.

Other Awards

Tim Tebow • QB • Florida — William V. Campbell Trophy (Best Student-Athlete). Award has been given since 1990. Winners from Tennessee have been Peyton Manning (1997) and Michael Muñoz (2004).

Tim Hiller • QB • Western Michigan — Wuerffel Trophy (Community service with athletic/academic achievement). Award has been given since 2005.

Mark Herzlich • LB • Boston College — Disney Spirit Award (Most Inspirational). Herzlich was diagnosed with bone cancer this past spring and underwent chemotherapy and radiation therapy this summer. He is now cancer-free and spend the season on the sidelines urging his teammates on with his encouragement. Award has been given since 1996.

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