Tips for handling the Heisman hype

DESTIN, Fla. -- Alabama coach Nick Saban is pleased with the way Mark Ingram has handled everything associated with being a Heisman Trophy winner.

Soon after Ingram won the award, Saban asked him three questions:

  • How is this going to change you?

  • How are you going to let it affect you because everyone else in your life is going to respond to you differently than you’re used to?

  • How are you going to use this to affect somebody else in a positive way because of what you’ve accomplished?

"I don’t think he understood past the first one," Saban said. "But two days after that, he came in and said that he understood all three points and 'I’m going to try and manage it in the right way.'

"He’s done that. He had a good spring, and he and Trent [Richardson] have a tremendous amount of respect for each other. They’re both very good players, and the competition really makes them both better. I think it’s a healthy situation to have two quality players like that."