Since joining the Saints via the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft (28th overall), Ingram has added a powerful element to the running back rotation. The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner ranked first on the club in rushing in 2012, carrying 156 times for 602 yards (3.9 avg.) and a team-leading five rushing touchdowns. Over two seasons, the hard-nosed runner has rushed 278 times for 1,076 yards and 10 touchdowns while serving in a talented backfield and only starting nine contests. The former University of Alabama standout has been particularly effective in short-yardage situations, converting on 18-of-23 third-and-one rushing attempts (78.2%).
NFL CAREER – Since joining the Saints via the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft (28th overall), Ingram has added a powerful element to the running back rotation. The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner ranked first on the club in rushing in 2012, carrying 156 times for 602 yards (3.9 avg.) and a team-leading five rushing touchdowns. Over two seasons, the hard-nosed runner has rushed 278 times for 1,076 yards and 10 touchdowns while serving in a talented backfield and only starting nine contests. The former University of Alabama standout has been particularly effective in short-yardage situations, converting on 18-of-23 third-and-one rushing attempts (78.2%).
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – 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 – 2012: Ed Block Courage Award (Saints recipient).
2012 – Appeared in all 16 games with five starts…Finished first on the team in rushing, carrying 156 times for 602 yards with a team-best five touchdowns, also adding six receptions for 29 yards…Carried a 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, while hauling in two passes for 23 yards including a career-long of 16 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 the team in rushing with a season-high 90 yards on 14 carries (6.4 avg.) with a touchdown including a season-long 31-yard rush, vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 16…Voted by teammates as the 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 a rookie, carrying 122 times for 474 yards with five touchdowns, tying for the team lead with Pierre Thomas in scoring runs. Also added 11 receptions for 46 yards…Scored his first career NFL touchdown on a fourth quarter 13-yard game-winning rush, as he totaled nine rushes for 38 yards, splitting carries with Darren Sproles and Thomas, vs. Houston, Sept. 25…Powered rushing attack that racked up 236 yards vs. Indianapolis, Oct. 23, carrying 14 times for a game-high and career-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, where he carried 13 times for 80 yards (6.2 avg.), with a fourth quarter career-long 35-yard scoring run. He also added two receptions for 14 yards…Ingram was New Orleans’ leading rusher vs. Detroit, Dec. 4, when he carried 16 times for 54 yards with a second quarter 14-yard TD run that put the Saints up 10-0 before suffering a season-ending toe injury that required surgery.
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 SEC Offensive Player of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-SEC selection by both the AP and league coaches…Started all 14 games and led 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 touchdowns…Rushing total ranked sixth in SEC history…His 1,992 all-purpose yards were ranked second in school history and eighth on the SEC single-season list…Rushed for 246 yards vs. South Carolina, ranked as the school’s third-highest total…Earned National Championship Offensive Most Valuable Player 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 with a team-high 12 touchdowns on 143 carries (5.1 avg.) and added 54 yards 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, as he also registered 84 tackles with eight interceptions…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, Green Bay and Philadelphia, including a Super Bowl XXV victory…Founded the Mark Ingram Foundation, which provides support to the children of incarcerated parents…Born Dec. 21, 1989 in Hackensack, N.J.
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram speaks with reporters after the team’s game against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, December 2, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw for 392 yards and four touchdowns, while Saints running back Mark Ingram ran for 145 yards and a touchdown to earn Week 10 honors.
New Orleans Saints senior writer John DeShazier speaks with Mark Ingram in the Morning Report (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and RB Mark Ingram have been nominated for the NFL's FedEx weekly awards.