Ingrams rejoins Heisman conversation

“As a defense, it’s our job to shut that down. He can’t win the game by himself.”

The Gator defenders also know it’s hard enough to bring down the 5-foot-10, 215-pound, leg-churning dynamo with one man, much less an outstretched arm. Ingram has gotten 43 percent of his yards (144 total) rushing and receiving after contact.

“Arm tackling isn’t good,” Hicks said. “He’s a running back you can’t take down with one arm. He’s too strong, he’s too big for that. That’s not going to happen.”

Ingram seemed in instant 2009 form since his return following arthroscopic knee surgery on opening week. He became the first Football Bowl Subdivision player to gain 150 yards on single-digit carries in the last five years against Duke, running nine times for 151 yards.

But that was Duke. Arkansas was a top-10 matchup that went down to the wire and drew the CBS’ highest rating for a regular season college football game in seven years. Chances are, some Heisman voters were among that audience when Ingram carried three straight times _ twice out of the wildcat formation _ and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 3:18 to play.

Ingram said he was “100 percent zoned in” during that sequence, and said he had a similar focus in last year’s South Carolina game.

“Whenever you have the opportunity to take over a game, have a chance to impact the team and give your team a little burst or spark, I thrive on that,” Ingram said.

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