First Person...Anthony Kimble

Oct. 1, 2008

Anthony Kimble, a fifth-year senior from Baton Rouge, La., has led Stanford in rushing each of the last two seasons, despite missing portions of each season with nagging injuries. With the injuries in his past, Kimble teams with Toby Gerhart to form a formidable rushing duo that has the potential to be one of the most productive units in the Pac-10 Conference.

Kimble, who has made 27 starts at running back over the last four seasons, is Stanford's active career leader in rushing yardage, rushing attempts and rushing touchdowns.

With Gerhart sidelined for most of the game last Saturday at Washington after suffering a mild concussion in the first quarter, Kimble came off the bench to rush for a career high 157 yards on 15 carries, including two touchdowns. It marked the 21st best rushing performance in school history and the best single-game mark since J.R. Lemon rushed for 162 yards against Washington in 2004. Kimble's 83-yard touchdown run in the third quarter tied for the fifth-longest TD run in school history, matching Buck Fawcett's 1941 jaunt against Santa Clara.

He attended the same high school as Glen Davis, who played collegiate basketball at LSU before moving onto the NBA, where he was part of the Boston Celtics world championship team last spring. Davis, who earned the nickname 'Big Baby' at LSU, was also a highly-recruited lineman at University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge and played an instrumental role in encouraging Kimble to participate in football.

Kimble plans to pursue a career in real estate development after his playing days are over, which will hopefully be after Stanford's 13th game of this season.

Meet Stanford running back, Anthony Kimble.

Tell us about your relationship with Glen Davis, a.k.a 'Big Baby?'
Growing up in Baton Rouge, Glen was one of the most notable athletes in my age group since I could remember. Throughout my life we knew each other through competing on the basketball court. In high school, I transferred to the high school (LSU Lab School) that Glen attended and we quickly became close friends. We played both high school and AAU basketball together. Since high school, we have stayed friends and stay in touch often.

What role did he play in getting you involved in football?
I played football some in my younger Pop Warner days but basketball was always the sport I loved the most. But before my junior year of high school, Glen, along with another one of my friends, talked me into joining the football team.

Tell us about your basketball background.
All my life basketball has been a passion of mine and through high school it was the sport I focused on. I've played basketball on an organized level since I can remember. Through my childhood, I dreamed of one day playing basketball at Duke for Coach K.

You are from New Orleans. Do you have a favorite Cajun-style meal?
My favorite meal that my grandma cooks every time I make it back home is red beans and rice, fried chicken, and corn bread. I wish I could eat that meal right now!

Who are the role models in your life?
The role models in my life are my parents. Without their support and encouragement I couldn't have made it this far. I admire so much about both of them. They are my heart.

Tell us a little about your summer internships?
During my time at Stanford I have had an extraordinary experience with summer internships. The summer after my freshman year, I had the chance to work at the Stanford Business school. After my sophomore year, I had the chance to work at Jim Pollock Financial in their real estate development department. I have also spent a summer working in private equity at Golden Gate Capital in San Francisco.

What are your plans for your post-Stanford career?
After my days at Stanford are over, I plan to get involved in real estate development. I one day hope to go to business school. One day I plan to own my own real estate development company that focuses on developing condo units in urban areas.

What would be a perfect ending to your senior season?
A bowl game...enough said.

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