Mark Ingram Jr – Baltimore Ravens #21

Baltimore Ravens #21

Mark Valentino Ingram Jr was born on 21st December in Hackensack, New Jersey.

He played college football for the Crimson Tide at the University of Alabama and became their first-ever recipient of the Heisman Trophy, which is awarded to the outstanding NCAA player of the year.

In his freshman year with Alabama, Ingram set the school freshman record for number of touchdowns scored in a season (12) and finished 728 rushing yards, with a further 54 receiving yards.

In his sophomore season, he ran for a career-high 246 yards against South Carolina and set the school record for single-season rushing yards (1,658). Ingram also became the first Alabama player to win the Heisman Trophy in this, his second year. In his junior year, Ingram finished with 875 yards and thirteen touchdowns on the ground plus an extra 282 receiving yards and a touchdown. He decided not to play his senior college year and entered the 2011 NFL Draft where he was selected as the 28th overall selection by the New Orleans Saints.

His rookie season was interrupted by niggling injuries to his toe and heel but he still managed five touchdowns and 474 rushing yards with 47 receiving yards. He followed this with 602 rushing yards and five touchdowns in 2012.

The highlight of his uninspiring 2013 season came against the Dallas Cowboys, when he racked up 145 rushing yards and a touchdown in a convincing Saints win. However that was his only touchdown of the season with a total of 454 combined yards.

2014 saw an improvement for Ingram, posting 964 rushing yards with nine touchdowns plus a further 145 receiving yards. His best performance of the season came against Green Bay when he totalled a career-high 172 yards and one touchdown in a win against the Packers. He was selected for the first of three Pro Bowls so far in his career.

In 2015, Ingram signed a new four-year deal with the Saints and he finished the season with 769 rushing yards, six rushing touchdowns, and 405 receiving yards. During the 2016 season, Ingram became the Saints’ first 1,000-yard rusher since 2006 over a decade earlier. He finished the season with a career-high 1,043 rushing yards and added an additional 319 receiving yards to go along with 10 total touchdowns.

In 2017, Ingram had competition from veteran Adrian Peterson and young rookie Alvin Kamara and responded with some of his best play thus far. He totalled 1,124 rushing yards with twelve touchdowns – second only to Todd Gurley – plus a further 416 receiving yards. Both he and teammate, Kamara, were selected for the 2017 Pro Bowl.

Ingram started the 2018 season with a four-game ban for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing drugs. By Game Week 16, he set a Saints franchise record by registering his 50th touchdown. Overall, he scored 645 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns with 170 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. The Saints won the NFC South and had home-field advantage throughout the NFC Playoffs as the number one seed. They were controversially beaten in the NFC Championship against the Los Angeles Rams in a 26–23 overtime loss.

In the 2019 off-season, Ingram signed a three-year deal to play with the Baltimore Ravens. In his debut game for them, he rushed for 107 yards and notched two touchdowns against the Miami Dolphins. By the season’s end, Ingram totalled 1,018 rushing yards and ten rushing touchdowns to go along with 247 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

2020 sees him start as the lead running back in Baltimore but he will be challenged by rookie RB, J.K. Dobbins, although the expectation is that he will be utilised more as a pass-catching back.