Alabama in the Pros

Two more former Tide standouts land on NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2020

Mark Ingram looks forward in AFC Divisional Round playoff game versus Titans in 2019 season
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The University of Alabama is making its presence felt on the NFL’s Top 100 Players list of 2020.

After seeing Marlon Humphrey (No. 86) and Josh Jacobs (No. 72) be voted in by the players, Mark Ingram and Amari Cooper have now joined the two. Ingram was a Heisman Trophy winner, SEC Offensive Player of the Year and a unanimous All-American in 2009, while Cooper was a Biletnikoff Award winner, a Heisman finalist and an unanimous All-American in 2014.

Both players were national champions and selected in the first round of their respective draft classes.

Ingram was voted No. 44 on the NFL’s Top 100.

In his first season with the Baltimore Ravens, Ingram recorded his third career 1,000-yard rushing campaign and sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season from scrimmage.

He rushed for 1,018 yards with 10 touchdowns on 202 carries, while totaling 247 receiving yards and five scores on 26 catches.

His energy is contagious both on and off the field, and it led to the Ravens compiling a 14-2 record with the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.

Despite falling to the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Divisional Round, Ingram paced the Ravens to having league’s top scoring offense (33.2 ppg) and top rushing offense (206 ypg).

RELATED: Josh Jacobs places No. 72 on 2020 NFL top 100 list

Baltimore was second in total offense, collecting 407.6 yards per game.

As for Cooper, last season was his first full year with the Dallas Cowboys.

He was voted No. 49 on the list, following a career performance with the team. Cooper tallied 1,189 yards receiving with eight touchdowns on 79 receptions.

A native of Miami, Fla., he finished eight in the league for yards and was tied for ninth in scores.

Cooper averaged 15.1 yards per catch and accounted for four 100-yard games.

Both Ingram and Cooper have been invited to at least two Pro Bowls as Cooper edges out the Heisman winner, 4-3.

The NFL has named players from Nos. 100 to 41, but expect to see more athletes from Alabama football on the list.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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