Gerhart and Marinelli Earn Associated Press All-America Honors
Dec. 15, 2009
STANFORD, Calif.-- Senior running back Toby Gerhart and senior right tackle Chris Marinelli were named to the Associated Press’ All-America team today.
Gerhart, who rushed for a Stanford single-season record 1,736 yards and 26 touchdowns this season, was a first team selection while Marinelli, a stalwart on the offensive line that allowed a Pac-10-low six sacks on the year, was named to the second team.
Gerhart was also named a first team All-American by Sporting News.
In addition to last week’s announcement naming him to the Walter Camp Foundation and Football Writers Association of America All-America teams, Gerhart becomes Stanford’s first consensus All-American since wide receiver Troy Walters in 1999.
Gerhart, who was named the recipient of the Doak Walker Award last week honoring the nation’s top running back, ranks second in the nation in rushing, averaging 144.7 yards per game, and he leads the nation in scoring (13.33) and touchdowns (26). He has rushed for 100 or more yards in 10 of Stanford’s 12 games this season, including three games in which he rushed for 200 yards or more. He has also carried the ball 10 or more yards, 50 times this season, according to ESPN, the nation's highest.
The Heisman Trophy runner-up was at his best down the stretch, as he averaged 185.5 yards a game and scored 13 touchdowns over Stanford’s last four contests against No. 7 Oregon (223), No. 11 USC (178), California (136) and Notre Dame (205). The Cardinal posted a 3-1 record in those games to finish the regular season with an 8-4 overall record, its most wins in a single-season since the 2001 campaign.
Marinelli, who has made 38 starts in his Stanford career, anchored an offensive line that paved the way for the most productive rushing attacks in school history, helping the Cardinal amass 224.3 yards a game on the ground this season. The line allowed just 0.50 sacks per game, second fewest in the country behind Boise State (0.38).