Ingram says he will play against Florida

November, 30, 2009
11/30/09
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Nursing a hip pointer suffered last Friday against Auburn, Alabama running back Mark Ingram said he will "most definitely" play this weekend against Florida in the SEC championship game.

Ingram wasn't very effective against Auburn and was held to a season-low 30 yards. He injured his hip in the fourth quarter, giving way to freshman Trent Richardson late in the game.

"I just kind of bruised it in the game, but it's getting better every day," said Ingram, who had been held under 100 yards rushing only once in his previous seven games entering the Auburn contest.

He credited Auburn for coming up with a good game plan to slow down Alabama's running game.

"They had eight, nine in the box all throughout the day," said Ingram, who was scheduled to practice Monday on a limited basis. "They came out with some looks that we weren’t expecting, that we didn’t study on film. They had two weeks to get ready for it, and their coaches and their players did a great job executing to stop the run.

"Although the running game wasn’t working, we had a lot of success in the passing game. Julio (Jones) had nine catches. (Colin) Peek had a big catch. Trent ran the ball well, and Roy (Upchurch) had a big catch at the end. So other people contributed and stepped up, and that’s what we need.”

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