Mark Ingram put on a show on Sunday.
Ingram, the former Alabama star and 2010 Heisman winner, ran for 158 yards and scored a touchdown in the New Orleans Saints’ 41-23 win over the San Francisco 49ers. The performance was highlighted by a 75-yard run where Ingram had a chance to watch himself on the big screen above the end zone as he approached the goal line.
“I was just running, man,” Ingram said via NOLA.com. “And then I looked up at the scoreboard and I was like, ‘They’re not going to get me,’ and I finished.”
The touchdown was a signal Ingram had gotten past being benched in Week 8 for losing fumbles in back-to-back games. The move humbled him, which led to his breakout performance this weekend.
“I definitely wanted to bounce back,” Ingram said, “and show what I’m really capable of doing and not letting fumbles define me.”
During his sophomore year at Alabama in 2009, Ingram won the first Heisman ever awarded to an Crimson Tide player; he set a school single-season rushing record with 1,658 yards. Alabama finished the year undefeated at 14–0 and claimed the 2010 BCS national championship.
Ingram’s performance was just one of many outstanding games for former SEC players in the NFL. Here is a look at the best performances of former SEC players in NFL Week 9.
Mike Evans, wide receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Evans caught 11 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns on Thursday night in the Bucs’ 43-28 loss to Atlanta. Evans was a first-round pick out of Texas A&M in 2014.
Julio Jones, wide receiver, Atlanta Falcons: Jones has made it look easy of late. In the Falcons’ 43-28 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday night, the former Alabama All-American caught eight passes for 111 yards and a touchdown.
Dee Ford, outside linebacker, Kansas City Chiefs: Ford picked up where he left off last week. The former Auburn linebacker had two more sacks in the Chiefs’ 19-14 win over Jacksonville. Ford has 5.5 sacks in the past two games.
Mike Wallace, wide receiver, Baltimore Ravens: The former Ole Miss star caught four passes for 121 and a touchdown as the Ravens beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-14.
Dak Prescott, quarterback, Dallas Cowboys: The former Mississippi State star threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns in the Cowboys’ 35-10 win over the Cleveland Browns. Prescott now has won seven straight games in his rookie season.
Jason Witten, tight end, Dallas Cowboys: Witten caught eight passes for 134 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 35-10 win over Cleveland. Witten was a third-round pick out of Tennessee in 2003.
Kenyan Drake, running back, Miami Dolphins: Drake, a rookie who was a third-round pick out of Alabama, had two kick returns for 123 yards and a touchdown. The last one, a 96-yarder, was the winning score in the Dolphins’ 27-23 win over the New York Jets.
Eli Manning, 1uarterback, New York Giants: Manning, who played his college ball at Ole Miss, threw for 257 yards and four touchdowns in the Giants’ 28-23 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Odell Beckham Jr., wide receiver, New York Giants: Beckham caught four passes for 46 yards and two touchdowns. The former LSU standout helped the Giants beat Philadelphia 28-23.
Landon Collins, safety, New York Giants: Collins had 12 tackles and one sack in the Giants’ 28-23 win over Philadelphia. Collins was a second-round pick out of Alabama in 2015.
Matthews Stafford, quarterback, Detroit Lions: Stafford threw the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime as the Lions beat Minnesota 22-16. The former Georgia Bulldog threw for 219 yards and two touchdowns.
Cam Newton, quarterback, Carolina Panthers: Newton, the first pick in the 2011 NFL draft out of Auburn, threw for 225 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers’ 13-10 win over Los Angeles.
Thomas Davis, linebacker, Carolina Panthers: Davis led the Panthers with 11 tackles, 10 of them solo, and one sack. Davis, who played at Georgia, helped Carolina to a 13-10 win over Los Angeles.
Mark Barron, linebacker, Los Angeles Rams: Barron, drafted in the first round by Tampa Bay as a safety out of Alabama, led the Rams with nine tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss in a 13-10 loss to Carolina.
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