One of the club’s two first round draft picks in 2011, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2014, and followed that up with another very productive season in 2015, before being placed on Injured Reserve with a shoulder injury after their Week 13 matchup with the Carolina Panthers. Before being sidelined, Ingram rushed for 769 yards and six touchdowns on 166 attempts, and added a career-high 405 yards on a career-best 50 receptions. His 1,174 total yards from scrimmage marked a new career high and ranked sixth in the NFL at the time he was placed on Injured Reserve.
NFL CAREER – One of the club’s two first round draft picks in 2011, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2014, and followed that up with another very productive season in 2015, before being placed on Injured Reserve with a shoulder injury after their Week 13 matchup with the Carolina Panthers. Before being sidelined, Ingram rushed for 769 yards and six touchdowns on 166 attempts, and added a career-high 405 yards on a career-best 50 receptions. His 1,174 total yards from scrimmage marked a new career high and ranked sixth in the NFL at the time he was placed on Injured Reserve.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Placed on Injured Reserve, 12/10/15; Agreed to terms on a four-year contract, 3/8/15; Placed on Injured Reserve, 1/3/12; Signed, 7/30/11; Chosen by New Orleans in the first round (28th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.
HONORS – 2014: Pro Bowl; FedEx Ground Player of the Week (Week Eight); 2013: FedEx Ground Player of the Week (Week 10); 2012: Ed Block Courage Award (Saints recipient).
2015 – Played in 12 games with 10 starts and carried 166 times for a club-best 769 yards (4.6 avg.), with six touchdowns, setting a career-high in yards per carry, while adding 50 receptions for 405 yards to set new career-highs in receiving…Started opener at Arizona, Sept. 13, rushing nine times for 24 yards and catching a career-high eight passes for a career-high 98 yards (12.3 avg.), including a career-long 59-yard grab…Rushed for 50 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries, and caught five passes for 49 yards at Carolina, Sept. 27…Made the start vs. Dallas, Oct. 4, and rushed for 77 yards on 17 attempts, while also adding 51 yards on six receptions and finishing with a game-high 128 total yards from scrimmage…Started and rushed for 46 yards and two touchdowns for the third time in his career, while adding 10 yards on three receptions vs. Atlanta, Oct. 15…Started at Indianapolis, Oct. 25, rushing for 143 yards and one touchdown on 14 attempts (10.2 avg.), including a second quarter 44-yard run…Started vs. N.Y. Giants, Nov. 1 and carried 16 times for 80 yards (5.0 avg.) and caught four passes for 39 yards. Successfully converted a first down on a key fourth-and-one play from the New Orleans 29-yard line late in fourth quarter on game-tying drive…Started and gained 77 yards on five carries (15.4 avg.), including a career-long 70-yard run, and added three receptions for 21 yards at Washington, Nov. 15…Started and carried nine times for 52 yards (5.8 avg.) and added six receptions for 45 yards at Houston, Nov. 29, reaching 1,000 total yards from scrimmage for second consecutive season. Surpassed Ricky Williams to move into seventh place in club record books for rushing yards (3,139)…Started vs. Carolina, Dec. 6 and gained 56 yards on 12 carries, with one touchdown, and made four receptions for 23 yards…Placed on Injured Reserve, Dec. 10. 2014 – Played in 13 games, starting nine. Notched 964 rushing yards on 226 attempts and nine touchdowns. Added 29 catches for 145 yards. Tallied four 100-yard games. Tied for third in NFL in rushing touchdowns, ranked seventh in rushing yards per game (74.2) and ranked 14th in rushing yards. Selected to Pro Bowl for the first time, the first Saints running back named to the game since Deuce McAllister (2003)…In opener at Atlanta, Sept. 7, carried team-leading 13 times for game-high 60 yards (4.6 avg.) and two touchdowns…At Cleveland, Sept. 14, carried a team-leading 11 times for a game-high 83 yards (7.5 avg.) with a touchdown and also caught three passes for a gain of 21 yards. Suffered a hand injury that sidelined him for next three contests following surgery…Started and rushed for a career-high 172 yards on 24 carries (7.2 avg.) with a touchdown vs. Green Bay, Oct. 26…Started and rushed 30 times for 100 yards with two touchdowns and added a 10-yard reception at Carolina, Oct. 30…Ingram rushed 27 times for 120 yards (4.4 avg.) vs. San Francisco, Nov. 9, as he became the first Saint to have 100 yards rushing in three consecutive games since McAllister in 2003…Rushed 23 times for 122 yards (5.3 avg.), including a season-long 31-yard run at Pittsburgh, Nov. 30…Started at Chicago, Dec. 15 and rushed 17 times for 59 yards and one touchdown…In season finale at Tampa Bay, Dec. 28, rushed 14 times for 57 yards with a one-yard touchdown. 2013 – Played in 11 games with three starts in the regular season and carried 78 times for 386 yards (4.9 avg.) with one touchdown and added seven receptions for 68 yards. In two postseason contests with one start, was club’s leading rusher with 28 carries for 146 yards (5.2 avg.) with a touchdown, adding three receptions for 17 yards…Inactive weeks 3-8 (toe)…Enjoyed breakout performance vs. Dallas, Nov. 10, carrying 14 times for 145 yards (10.4 avg.) with one touchdown and two receptions for 15 yards for 160 yards of total offense…Had two receptions for a career-high 39 yards, including a career-long 23-yard grab at St. Louis, Dec. 15…Carried 13 times for 83 yards (6.4 avg.) with a seven-yard grab at Carolina, Dec. 22…In postseason debut, received start and carried 18 times for 97 yards with one touchdown and three receptions for 17 yards in the NFC Wild Card Playoff at Philadelphia, 1/4/14…In NFC Divisional Playoff at Seattle, 1/11/14, carried 10 times for 49 yards, also rushing for a two-point conversion. 2012 – Appeared in all 16 games with five starts…Finished first on team in rushing, carrying 156 times for 602 yards with a team-best five touchdowns, also adding six receptions for 29 yards…Carried team-high 16 times for 53 yards and a touchdown at Carolina, Sept. 16…Received first start of season and rushed seven times for 44 yards (6.3 avg.) and hauled in two passes for 23 yards vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 5…Ran 12 times for 67 yards (5.6 avg.) while scoring on a 27-yard carry at Oakland, Nov. 18…Led team in rushing with a season-high 90 yards on 14 carries (6.4 avg.) with a touchdown, including a season-long and career-high 31-yard rush vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 16…Voted by his teammates as club’s 2012 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award following a successful comeback from knee and toe surgeries. 2011 – Appeared in 10 games with four starts as rookie, carrying 122 times for 474 yards with five touchdowns, tying for team lead in scoring runs. Also added 11 receptions for 46 yards…Scored first career NFL touchdown on a fourth quarter 13-yard game-winning rush, as he totaled nine rushes for 38 yards, while splitting carries with Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas, vs. Houston, Sept. 25…Powered rushing attack that racked up 236 yards vs. Indianapolis, Oct. 23, carrying 14 times for a game-high 91 yards (6.5 avg.) before leaving in fourth quarter with bruised heel...Splitting carries with Sproles and Thomas to spearhead a three-headed running attack that gained 205 yards, Ingram was New Orleans’ leading rusher vs. N.Y. Giants, his father’s former team, Nov. 28, when he carried 13 times for 80 yards (6.2 avg.) with a fourth quarter career-long 35-yard TD. Also added two receptions for 14 yards…Was New Orleans’ leading rusher vs. Detroit, Dec. 4, when he carried 16 times for 54 yards with a second quarter 14-yard touchdown run that put the Saints up 10-0 before suffering a season-ending toe injury that required surgery and forced him to be placed on Injured Reserve.
COLLEGE – Played in 39 games at Alabama with 24 starts, rushing for 3,261 yards and 42 touchdowns, scoring 46 times overall…As a junior, after missing the first two games following knee surgery, started the remaining 11 and carried 158 times for 875 yards (5.5 avg.) with 13 touchdowns...All-SEC second-team selection by league coaches, co-recipient of Alabama’s Offensive Player of the Year award and one of six recipients of Alabama’s Commitment to Academic Excellence award…Produced 54 first downs on 158 rushes (34.2%), converting on 9-of-16 third down attempts (56.3%)...Also had 21 receptions for 282 yards (13.4 avg.) with one touchdown…Heisman Trophy recipient as a sophomore, the first in the BCS National Champion Crimson Tide’s history and was a consensus All-American first-team selection and finished as a finalist for the Maxwell, Doak Walker and Walter Camp Player of the Year awards…Also named The Sporting News National Player of the Year, Associated Press Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-SEC selection by both the AP and the league coaches…Started all 14 games as a sophomore, led the conference and ranked fourth nationally with a school-record 1,658 yards and 17 touchdowns on 271 carries (6.1 avg.), also adding 32 receptions for 334 yards (10.4 avg.) and three TDs…Rushing total ranked sixth in Southeastern Conference history upon departure…1,992 all-purpose yards were ranked second in school history and eighth on the Southeastern Conference single-season list…Rushed for 246 yards vs. South Carolina, which ranked as the school’s third-highest total…Earned the National Championship Offensive Most Valuable Player award vs. Texas after rushing for 116 yards and two scores…SEC Coaches Freshman All-Conference selection as he played in all 14 games as a reserve and gained 728 yards rushing with a team-high 12 touchdowns on 143 carries (5.1 avg.) and also added 54 yards receiving on seven catches…Majored in telecommunications and film.
PERSONAL – Attended Grand Blanc (Flint, Mich.) HS from 2003-06, where he ran for 846 yards and 14 touchdowns on 121 carries (7.0 avg.) as a junior, adding 260 yards and two scores on 22 receptions (11.8 avg.), while posting 33 tackles with two interceptions as a CB…Attended Flint Southwestern Academy as a senior and earned All-State and Detroit Free Press Offensive Dream Team honors after rushing for 1,699 yards and 24 TDs, also registering 84 tackles with eight interceptions on defense…Father, Mark Ingram Sr., played WR for Michigan State before being drafted by the New York Giants 28th overall in 1987 and played 10 seasons with the Giants, Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles, including a Super Bowl XXV victory…Founded the Mark Ingram Foundation, which provides support to the children of incarcerated parents, hosting annual Christmas shopping sprees for them, the most recent at Academy Sports and Outdoor in 2014 and 2015…Part of a group of NFL players that donated supplies to residents of his hometown of Flint, during the city’s recent water crisis…Born Dec. 21, 1989 in Hackensack, N.J.
NewOrleansSaints.com senior writer John DeShazier reviews some of the top plays from Saints running back Mark Ingram during the 2015 season. Video by Brendan Hassett (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints Running Back Mark Ingram teamed up with Academy Sports and Outdoors to provide 25 local kids a private holiday shopping spree along with Mark and other fellow teammates. Video by Brendan Hassett (New Orleans Saints Video)
New Orleans Saints Running Back Mark Ingram met with media following today's home game vs the Carolina Panthers. Video by Brendan Hassett (New Orleans Saints Video)
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram rushes for a 1-yard touchdown in the third quarter Sunday, Oct. 25 against the Indianapolis Colts.