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Melvin Ingram picked to go out in style

12/27/2011

It's always tough to say goodbye, but Melvin Ingram's well wishers think he'll do it the right way.

With more than 7,600 votes cast, South Carolina's defensive end was picked in our poll to be the senior to go out in style in his bowl game by receiving 33 percent of the vote.

I like that pick. He's a stud on the field and makes quarterbacks' lives miserable in the backfield. He had 44 tackles, with 13.5 for loss, and 8.5 sacks. And you can't forget he also had three touchdowns.

He's one of the most athletic ends in the SEC and he should be pretty excited to end his South Carolina career against a team that loves to run the ball and try to get to the edge as much as possible. Nebraska might want to be careful trying to get around his side.

Coming in second was Arkansas wide receiver Jarius Wright, who grabbed 31 percent of the vote. While I like readers picking Ingram, I actually have to side with Wright for this category. I think he'll have a fine farewell at the AT&T Cotton Bowl. He was one of the best receivers in the SEC this season and should be pretty pumped to go up against a Kansas State defense that ranks 104th nationally. If I had a fantasy team for the bowl season, I'd love to have Wright on my team ...

Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw took home 27 percent of the vote, while Florida running back Chris Rainey received 5 percent and Vanderbilt linebacker Chris Marve had 4 percent.

Upshaw should be pretty jacked up to play LSU again. Forget that it's the national championship game, he wants to help Alabama's defense absolutely stuff the Tigers' offense. When talking to Upshaw and his linebacker pals they expressed just how upset they were with playing so well against LSU in a losing effort. Let's just say, they weren't happy one bit about getting shown up back in November.