|Height: 6-2 | Weight: 244 | College: Oklahoma|
The speedy defender is yet another in a long line of standout linebackers to wear a Sooners uniform in recent years. Much like former Oklahoma standouts Teddy Lehman and Rocky Calmus, Ingram's quickness and pass coverage skills are ideally suited for the Cover-2 system used by several pro teams. The collegiate strong-side linebacker will probably shift to the weak side at the next level to take advantage of his closing burst, open field acceleration and natural hands for the interception.
The nephew of former Dallas Cowboys running back great Robert Newhouse, Ingram was rated the sixth-best linebacker in the Midlands by Prep Star as a senior at Hallsville High School. He added first-team All-District Class 17-4A honors that season, as he recorded 100 tackles, three forced fumbles and one interception.
Ingram redshirted in 2001 at Oklahoma. He played mostly on special teams the following season, posting eleven tackles (8 solos) in eight games during the 2002 campaign. Ingram continued to toil on special teams in 2003, managing only five tackles (4 solos) in thirteen contests.
With Pasha Jackson having graduated, Ingram stepped into the strong-side linebacker position in 2004, starting eleven of thirteen games. He ranked fifth on the team with 50 tackles (30 solos), adding two sacks and four stops for losses. He caused and recovered two fumbles while also deflecting three passes.
Ingram continued to elevate his play as a senior, earning All-Big Twelve Conference second-team honors in 2005. He posted 61 tackles (35 solos) with five sacks and twelve stops behind the line of scrimmage. He tied the school single-season record for linebackers with five interceptions for 63 yards in returns with a touchdown. He also caused two fumbles and deflected four passes.
In 46 games with the Sooners, Ingram started 22 times. He recorded 127 tackles (77 solos) with seven sacks for minus-36 yards, 16 stops for losses of 60 yards and four quarterback pressures. He caused four fumbles and recovered two others while intercepting five passes and deflecting seven others.
Positives: Has a well-defined upper body with good chest muscles and bubble, thick thighs, knotted calves, muscular arms and valid foot speed Has very good change of direction agility and flexibility moving down the line Well-coordinated runner with a sudden burst to close Does a good job of reading the blocking schemes and is usually disciplined in his play Plays bigger than his size indicates, doing a good job of squeezing the rush lanes and shows enough leverage to not get overmatched by the bigger offensive tackles when working off the edge Does a good job of using his hands to ward off blocks Has the burst to run to the sidelines and can pursue plays away from him with his lateral range and ability to take good angles Uses his hands well in attempts to reroute the tight ends Plays with a good motor, working through traffic to maintain the chase Natural mover in pass coverage with good change of direction and plant-and-drive agility Natural hands catcher with the leaping ability to reach the ball at its high point.
Negatives: Has good lower body thickness, but needs to develop better strength to hold ground firmly at the point of attack (gets pushed back by the offensive linemen in attempts to shoot the gaps) Better working in space and might be better suited for weak side to hide his lower body strength deficiencies Has the hand usage to take on isolated blockers, but tries to avoid in-line blockers by running wide around the play and he can then get a little reckless in attempts to recover Lacks consistency, as he will throttle down when not involved in the play and his motor does not always run until the whistle Good at reading blocking schemes, but will bite on play-action and gets caught out of position often on traps.
Ingram is a speedy linebacker who has a natural feel in zone coverage. He is a move-oriented tackler who gets bounced around a bit working inside due to adequate lower body strength. He has good hand usage in attempts to shed coming off the edge, but does not generate the jolt needed to push the fullback back into the hole. He does a good job of closing on the outside run and has the change of direction agility to neutralize the cutback lanes.
Ingram is a fluid runner who does a good job of reading blocking schemes, but will get caught out of position vs. play-action and needs to anchor better when taking on traps and double teams. He blankets the tight end and runs the wheel route downfield, anticipating the ball and coming off upfield blocks to make plays on the ball. He just has that feel for knowing when to jump routes and is a natural mover with above average plant-and-drive agility.
He is not a big linebacker and does need to improve his lower body strength, but when he keeps his hands active, he has the functional upper body power to take on, shed and make the plays coming off the edge. He will try to avoid blocks by taking the wide loop at times, but when doing so, he gets too reckless in his pursuit and is late to recover.
Consistency was lacking in his play until his senior season, but there are still times when he will throttle down, especially when not involved in the play. He has good recognition skills and natural hands to bring immediate value in the nickel package. However, he played out of position in college and might not have the time to develop the power base needed to play on the strong side. With his quickness and pass coverage ability, weak-side linebacker is in his pro future.
Intercepted five passes as a senior, tying the school single-season record for linebackers first set by Carl McAdams in 1964 and matched by George Cumby in 1978.
All-Big Twelve Conference second-team selection by the league's coaches Started eleven games at strong-side outside linebacker, missing the UCLA contest with a pulled hamstring One of four team captains Finished with 61 tackles (35 solos) Had five sacks for minus 27 yards, twelve stops for losses of 43 yards and four quarterback pressures Caused two fumbles and deflected four passes Tied the school single-season record for linebackers with five interceptions for 63 yards in returns and a touchdown Helped the team rank fourth in the nation in rush defense (90.58 ypg) and thirteenth in total defense (306.67 ypg).
|2005 Game Analysis|
Texas Christian Opened the season with eight tackles (4 solos) and a pass break-up Intercepted a Tye Gunn flag pass midway through the fourth quarter for a 23-yard return.
Tulsa Only made three tackles, but intercepted a Paul Smith pass with 0:47 left to play, returning it 48 yards for a touchdown with three seconds left on the clock in a 31-15 win.
UCLA Did not play (hamstring).
Kansas State Posted four tackles (2 solos) with a 4-yard sack, two stops for losses of 6 yards and a pressure Took down QB Allen Webb for a 4-yard sack in the second quarter.
Texas Added seven hits (4 solos) and sacked QB Vince Young for a 9-yard loss.
Kansas Had six tackles with a pressure and a pass deflection Intercepted a Brian Luke pass, but lost eight yards on the return.
Baylor Made three tackles (2 solos) with a pass deflection and a pressure Caused a fumble in the second quarter when he tackled QB Shawn Bell on a 2-yard run, but Bell recovered the ball.
Nebraska Registered seven tackles (6 solos) with a pressure and sacked QB Zac Taylor for a 7-yard loss.
Texas A&M Collected eight tackles (5 solos), including one that stopped tailback Courtney Lewis for a 2-yard loss.
Texas Tech Was in on six hits (5 solos) and three stops behind the line of scrimmage, including a pair of sacks of QB Cody Hodges for losses totaling 7 yards.
Oklahoma State Followed with five tackles with two stops for losses of 5 yards, took down QB Al Pena for minus 2 yards, causing a fumble on the play and also picked off a pass thrown by Pena while deflecting another toss.
Oregon (Holiday Bowl) Twice took down tailback Terrence Whitehead behind the line of scrimmage and intercepted a pass thrown by QB Brady Leaf, adding four tackles (2 solos).
Started eleven of thirteen games at strong-side outside linebacker Ranked fifth on the team with 50 tackles (30 solos) Came up with two sacks for minus 9 yards and four stops for losses of 17 yards Caused and recovered a pair of fumbles Also deflected three passes.
|2004 Game Analysis|
Oregon Sacked QB Kellen Clemens for a 4-yard loss, causing a fumble on that play and was in on nine tackles (5 solos).
Texas Only made three tackles, but recovered a fumble by QB Vince Young in the second quarter that Ingram caused when he took the passer down at the OU 14 on a bootleg Also recovered a fumble caused by safety Brodney Pool on an 8-yard run by tailback Cedric Benson late in the third quarter.
Kansas State Made five tackles (3 solos), including one that stopped tailback Darren Sproles for a 3-yard loss.
Kansas Sacked QB Adam Barmann for a 5-yard loss and posted four hits (2 solos).
Texas A&M Added five tackles and stopped tailback Courtney Lewis for a 5-yard loss.
Baylor Registered seven tackles (4 solos).
Southern California (Orange Bowl) Delivered three tackles (2 solos).
Appeared in thirteen games, playing mostly on special teams Recorded five tackles (4 solos) Had a season-high two hits vs. Fresno State.
Played in eight games on special teams Finished with eleven tackles (8 solos) Had three tackles vs. Baylor.
Redshirted as a freshman.
2005: Sat out the UCLA game (9/17) with a pulled hamstring.
2006: Did not participate in the shuttle run at the Combine (groin).
Campus: 4.58 in the 40-yard dash 4.1 20-yard shuttle 345-pound bench press 32-inch arm length 9 5/8-inch hands.
Combine: 4.57-second 40-yard dash. 41-inch vertical jump. Chose not to participate in the broad jump. Benched 225 pounds 22 times. Did not participate in the shuttle run, citing a groin injury.
Attended Hallsville (Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach Roger Adams
Rated the sixth-best linebacker in the Midlands by Prep Star as a senior Added first-team All-District Class 17-4A honors that season, as he recorded 100 tackles, three forced fumbles and one interception.
Sociology/Criminology major Son of Leslie and Murline Ingram Nephew of former Dallas Cowboys running back Robert Newhouse Born 3/21/83 Resides in Hallsville, Texas.
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