But if winning Alabama’s first Heisman wasn’t unique enough, history will continue to be made this fall regardless. Although Ingram is the third straight sophomore to win the award, he’s the first to do so as a running back.
Herschel Walker probably could have won the Heisman during his first two years, yet he didn’t until he was a junior and tallied 5,097 career yards, an NCAA record for three seasons. Since 1985, when Bo Jackson was previously the most recent SEC running back to win the award, only six running backs have taken home the Heisman: Barry Sanders, Rashaan Salaam, Eddie George, Ricky Williams, Ron Dayne and Reggie Bush. Each was either a senior or left early for the NFL.