BamaHammer Players Championship Round 1: Mark Ingram (1) vs. Barry Krauss (8)

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In our quest to determine the greatest player in Alabama Crimson Tide history, you have spoken clearly in the first two matchups. Things will start to get a little trickier in the days to come, so weigh your choices carefully.

Today’s matchup features one of Alabama’s best goal line backs against perhaps the Tide’s greatest goal line defender. Choose wisely, HammerHeads.


Saban Division – Running Backs v. Linebackers


Mark Ingram (2008-2010)

Running Back – Flint, Michigan

5’ 9’’, 215 lbs

Career Statistics: 3261 Rushing Yards, 670 Passing Yards, 46 Total TDs

Mark Ingram Jr. was verbally committed to Michigan State in early 2008, but fortunately for Tide fans, he decided to sign with the University of Alabama. The rest, of course, is history. Mark Ingram holds the proud distinction of being the only player in the University of Alabama’s storied history to win the Heisman Trophy.

There were many great signature moments for Ingram; the most notable was the screen play against Florida in the 2009 SEC Championship Game that set up a touchdown, as well as the South Carolina game that year, where he exploded for 246 yards running the Wildcat offense. That year, he broke Bobby Humphrey’s Alabama single-season record of 1,542 rushing yards.

Ingram played three seasons at Alabama; he backed up Glen Coffee in 2008 as Alabama went undefeated in the regular season, picking up Freshman All-SEC honors. In 2009, he helped lead the Crimson Tide to its’ 13th national championship over Texas. That season, along with his Heisman Trophy, he was a consensus All-American, as well as the SEC Offensive Player of the Year.


Barry Krauss (1976-1978)

Linebacker – Pompano Beach, Florida

6’3’’, 245 lbs

Career Statistics: Unavailable

There is perhaps no player in the history of the University of Alabama who is more recognized for a singular play; one that is generally regarded as the greatest defensive play in the history of college football.

In the 1979 Sugar Bowl, Barry Krauss made the back-breaking tackle of Mark Guman on a fourth down play at the goal line against Penn State to preserve victory and the 1978 national championship, and was the Sugar Bowl MVP. Krauss earned an All-American selection in 1978, as well as the 1976 Liberty Bowl MVP award.

A member of the Alabama All-Decade and All-Century team during his tenure in Tuscaloosa, Krauss was selected 6th overall in the draft after his senior year, and played for 12 years in the NFL with the Colts and the Dolphins. Barry Krauss’ impact on the Alabama football program and its’ legacy is second to none.

Which player advances to the next round?

  • Barry Krauss (30%, 42 Votes)
  • Mark Ingram (70%, 98 Votes)

Total Voters: 140

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