Greatest Player of the Saban Era: The Final Four - Mark Ingram vs. Trent Richardson

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Who was the greatest player to wear the Crimson and White while Coach Saban has roamed the sidelines at Bryant-Denny? Let's Check:

We're now down to the Final Four.

Here's what happened in Round 2:

Julio Jones (82%) went over the middle on Chance Warmack (17%);

Mark Ingram (81%) broke Rolando McClain's (18%) tackle;

Trent Richardson (66%) broke away from Javier Arenas (33%); and

maybe AJ McCarron (52%) was right, after all, getting the better of Barrett Jones (47%).

We always knew this day would come. Not only since this bracket began, but the debate raged even as Mark Ingram was busy winning a Heisman. Now, it's time to settle this once and for all (or at least once and for right now). Who is the greater player? Mark Ingram? Or Trent Richardson?

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Round #2, Match #10

Mark Ingram, RB

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Personal Records

1,992 Yards in a single season- 2009

Career all purpose yards- 3,976 Mark Ingram 2008-10 (3,261 rushing, 670 receiving, 45 kickoff returns)

Yards in a single game- 246 vs South Carolina (24 att .) Oct . 17, 2009

Yards in a single season- 1,658 (271 att ) 2009

Career 5.7 yards per carry

12 100 yard rushing games from 2008-10

Career 276 points on 46 TDs

Alabama Records

Touchdowns in a career- 42 from 2008-10

MOST 100-YARD GAMES IN A SINGLE SEASON- 9 in 2009

Awards

Heisman Trophy (2009)

Sporting News Player of the Year (2009)

Unanimous 1st Team All-American (2009) (as was Toby Gerhart, but I guess everybody picks two running backs...)

1st Team All-SEC (2009)

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Ingram,_Jr.

Trent Richardson, RB

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Stats

540 carries for 3,130 yards (5.80 yards per carry), 35 touchdowns
68 receptions for 730 yards (10.74 yards per catch), 7 touchdowns
28 kick returns for 720 yards (25.71 yards per return), 1 touchdown
13 tackles (10 solo)
- http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/trent-richardson-1.html

Alabama records

#1, all purpose yards (season) - 2,083, 2011 (1,679 rushing, 338 receiving, 66 kickoff return)

#8, all purpose yards (season) - 1,600, 2010 (700 rushing, 266 receiving, 634 kickoff return)

#2, all purpose yards (career) - 4,580 (3,130 rushing, 730 receiving, 720 kickoff return)

#5, all purpose yards per game in a season - 160.2, 2011 (2,083 yards in 13 games)

#6, all purpose yards per game in a season - 145.5, 2010 (1,600 yards in 11 games)

#5, all purpose yards per game in a career - 120.5 (4,580 yards in 38 games)

#1, total touchdowns in a season (tie with 1999 Shaun Alexander) - 24, 2011 (21 rushing, 3 receiving)

#4, total touchdowns in a career (tie with John Parker Wilson) - 43 (35 rushing, 7 receiving, 1 kickoff return)

#3, rushing attempts per season - 283, 2011

#7, rushing attempts in a career - 540

#1, rushing yards in a season - 1,679, 2011

#5, rushing yards in a career - 3,130

#2, rushing yards per carry in a game (minimum 10-19 attempts) - 15.2 ypc, vs. North Texas, 2011 (11 carries, 167 yards, 3 touchdowns)

#14 (tie), rushing yards per carry in a game (minimum 10-19 attempts) - 10.8 ypc, at Ole Miss, 2011 (17 carries, 183 yards, 4 touchdowns)

#9, rushing yards per carry in a game (minimum 20 attempts) - 9.0 ypc, in the Land of the Auburnite, 2011 (27 carries, 203 yards, 0 touchdowns)

#5, rushing yards per carry in a season (minimum 100 carries) - 6.2 ypc, 2010 (112 carries for 700 yards)

#4, rushing yards per carry in a season (minimum 200 carries) - 5.93 ypc, 2011 (283 carries for 1,679 yards)

#2, rushing yards per carry in a career (minimum 400 carries) - 5.79 ypc (540 carries for 3,130 yards)

#1, rushing touchdowns in a season - 21, 2011

#3, rushing touchdowns in a career - 35

#1 (tied with Mark Ingram), most 100 yard rushing games in a season - 9, 2011

#3, most 100 yard rushing games in a career - 13

#5, rushing yards in a career - 3,130

#2, most kickoff returns in a game - 6, at South Carolina, 2010

#4, most kickoff returns in a season - 24, 2010

#2, most kickoff return yards in a season - 634, 2009

#6, most kickoff return yards in a career - 697

#6, most yards per kickoff return in a season (minimum 10 returns) - 26.4, 2010

#3, most yards per kickoff return in a career (minimum 15 retuns) - 25.8

Awards

Unanimous 1st Team All-American (2011)

Doak Walker Award (2011)

SEC Offensive Player of the Year (2011)

1st Team All-SEC (2010, 2011)

SEC All-Freshman Team (2009)

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trent_Richardson

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