Since joining the Saints via the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft (28th overall), Ingram is fully recovered from a toe injury that nagged him at the start of the 2013 season and has his sights set on big goals in 2014. The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner had a third season that featured its ups and downs. However most of the downs happened over the first nine weeks of the regular season when he battled a toe injury and once he recovered from that his production significantly increased as he finished with 78 carries for 386 yards (4.9 avg.) with one touchdown and seven receptions for 68 yards in 11 games with three starts. Ingram’s production continued to increase in the postseason, where he was the club’s leading rusher, carrying 28 times for 146 yards with one touchdown and a two-point conversion while recording three grabs for 17 yards.
NFL CAREER – Since joining the Saints via the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft (28th overall), Ingram is fully recovered from a toe injury that nagged him at the start of the 2013 season and has his sights set on big goals in 2014. The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner had a third season that featured its ups and downs. However most of the downs happened over the first nine weeks of the regular season when he battled a toe injury and once he recovered from that his production significantly increased as he finished with 78 carries for 386 yards (4.9 avg.) with one touchdown and seven receptions for 68 yards in 11 games with three starts. Ingram’s production continued to increase in the postseason, where he was the club’s leading rusher, carrying 28 times for 146 yards with one touchdown and a two-point conversion while recording three grabs for 17 yards
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 – 2013: FedEx Ground Player of the Week (Week 10); 2012: Ed Block Courage Award (Saints recipient).
2013 – Inactive weeks 3-8 (toe)…Enjoyed a breakout performance vs. Dallas, Nov. 10, carrying 14 times for a career-high 145 yards (10.4 avg.) with one touchdown and added two receptions for 15 yards for 160 yards of total offense…Had two grabs for a career-high 39 yards with a career-long 23-yard reception at St. Louis, Dec. 15…Carried 13 times for 83 yards (6.4 avg.) with a seven-yard grab at Carolina, Dec. 22…In his postseason debut, received the 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 the 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 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 then-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 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 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 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 and forced him to be placed on Injured Reserve, 1/3/12.
COLLEGE – Played in 39 games at the University of 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-Southeastern Conference 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 touchdowns…Rushing total ranked sixth in Southeastern Conference history upon departure…His 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…Southeastern Conference 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, as he also registered 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, Green Bay and Philadelphia, 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…Born Dec. 21, 1989 in Hackensack, N.J.
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram runs right up the middle for the 1-yard touchdown.
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram scores on a 1-yard touchdown run.
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram took a group of local children on a shopping spree at Academy Sports - and brought along some of his teammates. Video by Justin Stout (New Orleans Saints video)
Mark Ingram speaks with reporters after the New Orleans Saints vs Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Video by Alex Restrepo (New Orleans Saints video)