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October 18, 2009
Through the first half of the season, Alabama looked like a top-ranked team without a Heisman contender.
But sophomore running back Mark Ingram might now be the front-runner for the award after putting the Crimson Tide on his back Saturday in a 20-6 win vs. South Carolina.
On a day when Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy threw two interceptions, Ingram responded with 246 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries to earn Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors.
"If we had guys that could play like that, the sky would be the limit in terms of heart and character that he plays with," Alabama coach Nick Saban said.
Ingram's 246 yards were a Bryant-Denny Stadium record for an Alabama back and the second-best, single-game rushing total nationally this season.
Lewis, a true freshman, rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries in a 24-17 victory over Rutgers on Friday to earn Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week and Big East Player of the Week honors. Rutgers had allowed an average of 39.5 rushing yards in its previous four games.
Parker's defense held Wisconsin to its worst offensive day of the season, with only 230 total yards. The Hawkeyes held the Badgers to a season-low 87 rushing yards and intercepted Scott Tolzien a season-high three times.
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.