<
>

Alabama's Mark Ingram starts vs. Duke

Alabama Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram started against Duke on Saturday.

Ingram practiced all week for the top-ranked Crimson Tide
after missing the first two games following arthroscopic surgery on
his left knee. Coach Nick Saban had said Wednesday he wasn't sure of Ingram's
role for his first game back in a game where the Tide is heavily
favored.

"He's done well," Saban said. "He's running fast and hard and
cutting and doing well."

Ingram was facing questions of whether the Heisman winner
would start after Trent Richardson averaged 6.6 yards on 32 carries
during his absence. Richardson also ranks second in the SEC in
all-purpose yardage.

The Duke game comes ahead of consecutive games against ranked
opponents -- No. 12 Arkansas, No. 10 Florida and No. 13 South
Carolina.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.