Crimson Tide off their Mark in 2010?

August, 31, 2010
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University of Alabama running back Mark Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, will miss the Tide's season opener Saturday with a knee injury. Ingram is the third straight Heisman winner to return to school, thus giving him a chance to repeat and match Ohio State's Archie Griffin, the only two-time winner. The previous two returnees had much different results when it came to their repeat campaign.

2009: Mark Ingram -- Will miss 2010 season opener
2008: Sam Bradford -- 3 games played, 2 TD in 2009
2007: Tim Tebow -- Finished 3rd in the voting in 2008


On top of the production that Alabama loses from Ingram himself, his presence helps change the game for quarterback Greg McElroy. Entering the BCS Championship game last season, faking a handoff to the Heisman Trophy winner (and others) helped McElroy get the ball downfield. On big plays, the Tide was much more successful with the use of play-action fakes.

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