Toby Gerhart Named Walter Camp Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week
Nov. 9, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Senior running back Toby Gerhart has been named the Walter Camp Foundation's National Offensive Player of the Week after he rushed for a school-record 223 yards and three touchdowns in Stanford's 51-42 win over previously seventh-ranked Oregon on Saturday.
Gerhart's school record performance came on a career-high 38 carries, as he went over the 200-yard mark for the second time this season. He also broke his own single-season rushing record in the process and now has 1,217 yards on the year with three games remaining in the regular season.
Ohio State's Cameron Heyward was named the National Defensive Player of the Week.
Walter Camp, 'The Father of American football,' first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp, who coached at Stanford for three seasons (1892; 1894-95) -- is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation -- a New Haven-based all-volunteer group -- was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.
Stanford, ranked 25th in this week's Associated Press poll, is now bowl eligible for the first time since the 2001 season. The Cardinal will travel to Los Angeles this Saturday to face the 7th-ranked USC Trojans at the Coliseum. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m.