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New Orleans Saints Running Back Controversy: Mark Ingram (Part 3 of 5)

By Editorial Staff
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I am talking about what every Saints fan is talking about…Who will be in our 2011 New Orleans Saints backfield. In Part 1, I talked about a big fan favorite Pierre Thomas. In Part 2, I talked about hard running second year back Chris Ivory. In this article, I will talk about the Saints 2011 1st round draft pick Mark Ingram.

Ingram is from the University of Alabama and was selected by the New Orleans Saints with the 28th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. The Saints thought enough of Ingram to trade their 2011 2nd round pick, and their 2012 1st round pick, to the New England Patriots in order to be able to move up and pick Ingram.

In 2008, Ingram was a true freshman who saw significant playing time at Alabama. As the backup to starter Glen Coffee, Ingram rushed for 728 yards on 143 carries for a very impressive 5.1 yard per carry average. Ingram also scored a team high 12 touchdowns.

In 2009, Ingram became Alabama’s starting running back and helped lead the team to a National Championship. He rushed for 1658 yards on 271 carries for a 6.1 yard per carry average and 17 rushing touchdowns.