Toby Gerhart and Nate Whitaker Named Pac-10 Players of the Week
Nov. 9, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - The Pacific-10 Conference announced today running back Toby Gerhart and kicker Nate Whitaker of Stanford, along with USC safety Will Harris, have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week in football.
Gerhart and Whitaker played key roles in Stanford's 51-42 victory over previously-seventh ranked Oregon on Saturday. Gerhart rushed 38 times for a Stanford single-game record 223 yards (5.9) and three touchdowns covering one, four and seven yards. With his performance, Gerhart raised his season rushing total to 1,217 yards, surpassing his own single-season rushing record set last season. Gerhart broke the previous school single-game rushing mark held by Jon Volpe, who ran for 220 yards against Washington in 1988.
Gerhart continues to lead the Pac-10 and ranks second nationally in rushing, averaging 135.2 yards per game.
Whitaker, a junior from San Diego, converted on three-of-four field goal attempts against the Ducks, connecting from 29, 41 and 48 yards. The 48-yarder came with 0:11 left and sealed the nine-point victory. He was also a perfect six-for-six on PAT attempts.
Gerhart and Whitaker join Chris Owusu as Stanford players who have earned weekly conference player of the week honors this season. Owusu garnered special teams player of the week honors on Sept. 5 and against on Sept. 26.
Stanford, 6-3 overall and 5-2 in the Pac-10, is ranked 25th in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll, marking the program's first ranking since the end of the 2001 season. The Cardinal travel to Los Angeles on Saturday to meet 11th-ranked USC at the Coliseum. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. and the game will be televised by Fox Sports Net.