Mark Ingram feels blessed by success

Alabama running back and Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram at SEC Media Days 2010 (July 21, 2010, WBRC photo)
Alabama running back and Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram at SEC Media Days 2010 (July 21, 2010, WBRC photo)

By Dennis Washington

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - Alabama running back and Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram cannot go anywhere without someone recognizing him, but he is okay with that.

They meet me, want to take pictures," Ingram said Wednesday at SEC Media Days. "That's exciting. Something you dream of as a kid. Having kids come up to you, you're a role model for them, they want to grow up like you are, it's humbling, a blessing."

Ingram spoke to reporters Wednesday about life as a star for the Alabama Crimson Tide, who are coming off a national championship and preparing to do the same again this season. Ingram said he is ready to get back on the football field.

"I've done a lot," Ingram said. "I've been working hard. I've been critiquing myself. Been watching a lot of film. Working on drills to better my feet. Trying to become smart in the film room, more aware what the defenses are doing, what our offense does in certain circumstances. Been working on pass protection. Just different techniques to better my game in every aspect."

Ingram knows trying to repeat as national champions will be tougher than winning the championship last season.

"We know that we have bullseyes on our back, teams that want to knock us off," Ingram said. "They're going to bring their best week in and week out."

Ingram said despite all of that, the team believes it can repeat as national champions.

"We believe we have the players, the athletes, the mentality we need to give ourselves a chance to play for a national championship again and win it again," Ingram said.

Fall practice for the Alabama Crimson Tide begins August 5.  Alabama's first game will be against San Jose State on Sept. 4.

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