Gerhart Highlights Pac-10 Honors with Player of the Year Honors

Dec. 7, 2009

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Senior running back Toby Gerhart was named the Pacific-10 Conference's Offensive Player of the Year while offensive lineman Chris Marinelli and kick off return specialist Chris Owusu also earned first team all-conference honors, it was announced today by the Pac-10 Office.

Stanford had a total of 16 players earn all-conference recognition, including three first team selections, two second team picks and 11
honorable mention selections.

Gerhart set a new single-season Stanford and Pac-10 records for rushing yards (1,736) and rushing touchdowns (26). He is averaging 144.7 yards per game, which ranks second nationally while his 13.3 points per game leads the nation.

Gerhart is the third Stanford Cardinal to be named Offensive Player of the Year, joining Brad Muster (1986) and Troy Walters (1999). Gerhart was a second team selection last year.

Marinelli, one of six Stanford offensive linemen honored on the Pac-10 all-conference team, helped set a new school-record for rushing with 2692 yards, breaking the 1949 record of 2481 yards. The offensive line has allowed a Pac-10 low six sacks on the year, which is the second lowest total in the nation.

Owusu returned three kickoffs for touchdowns for the season and leads the conference with 32.5 yards per kickoff return. He returned a kickoff of at least 40 yards against eight of 12 opponents this season.

Senior tight end Jim Dray and center Chase Beeler were selected to the second team, while 11 players were honorable mention picks, including: OL David DeCastro, DT Sione Fua, SS Delano Howell, DE Thomas Keiser, QB Andrew Luck, FB Owen Marecic, OT Jonathan Marin, OG Andrew Phillips, MLB Clinton Snyder, WR Ryan Whalen and PK Nate Whitaker.

For Marecic, it is the third time he has been named honorable mention. Keiser was named honorable menion for the second time, posting a team-high 9.0 sacks and 14.5 tackles for a loss of 83 yards.

Major award winners, selected by the conference's coaches included: UCLA's Brian Price as the Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year, Oregon's LaMichael James as the Offensive Freshman of the Year, Arizona State's Vontaze Burfict as the Defensive Freshman of the Year and Rose Bowl bound and Oregon's Chip Kelly as the Coach of the Year.

Gerhart, Marecic, Dray and Whalen were favorite targets for Luck, racking up a school-record 434 points. Whitaker did not miss an extra point durinthe regular season, and hit field goals of 54, 48 and 47 yards.

Offensive player of the year: Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford.
Defensive player of the year: Brian Price, DT, UCLA
Coach of the year: Chip Kelly, Oregon
Offensive Freshman/Year: LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
Defensive Freshman/Year: Vontaze Burfict, LB, ASU

Offense (first team/second team)

QB Sean Canfield, Sr., Oregon State/Jeremiah Masoli, Jr., Oregon
RB Toby Gerhart, Sr., Stanford/Jahvid Best, Jr., California
RB Jacquizz Rodgers, So., Oregon State /LaMichael James, Fr., Oregon
WR James Rodgers, Jr., Oregon State /Chris McGaha, Sr., Arizona State
WR Damian Williams, Jr., USC / Jermaine Kearse, So., Washington
TE Ed Dickson, Sr., Oregon/Jim Dray, Sr., Stanford
OL Chris Marinelli, Sr., Stanford/Colin Baxter, Jr., Arizona
OL Mike Tepper, Sr., California/ Chase Beeler, Jr., Stanford
OL Jeff Byers, Sr., USC/Kenny Alfred, Sr., Washington State
OL Charles Brown, Sr., USC /Adam Grant, Gr., Arizona
OL Gregg Peat, Sr., Oregon State/Shawn Lauvao, Sr., Arizona State

Defense (first team/second team)

DL Brian Price, Jr., UCLA/Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Sr., Washington
DL Stephen Paea, Jr., Oregon State/Everson Griffen, Jr., USC
DL Tyson Alualu, Sr., California/Will Tukuafu, Sr., Oregon
DL Dexter Davis, Sr., Arizona State/Earl Mitchell, Sr., Arizona
LB Keaton Kristick, Sr., Oregon State/Donald Butler, Sr., Washington
LB Mike Mohamed, Jr., California/Xavier Kelley, Gr., Arizona
LB Reggie Carter, Sr., UCLA/Casey Matthews, Jr., Oregon
DB Rahim Moore, So., UCLA/Cam Nelson, Sr., Arizona
DB Syd’Quan Thompson, Sr., California/Josh Pinkard, Sr., USC
DB Taylor Mays, Sr., USC/Trevin Wade, So., Arizona
DB Alterraun Verner, Sr., UCLA/Kevin Thomas, Sr., USC

Special teams (first team/second team)

PK Kai Forbath, Jr., UCLA/Justin Kahut, Jr., Oregon State
P Bryan Anger, So., California/Jeff Locke, Fr., UCLA
KOR Chris Owusu, So., Stanford/Terrence Austin, Sr., UCLA
PR Damian Williams, Jr., USC/Kyle Williams, Sr., Arizona State
ST Suaesi Tuimaunei, Jr., Oregon State/Garrett Green, Sr., USC

Honorable Mention

ARIZONA: DE Ricky Elmore, Jr.; QB Nick Foles, So.; CB Devin Ross, Sr.; MLB Vuna Tuihalamaka, Sr.

ARIZONA STATE: OLB Travis Goethel, Sr.; DT Lawrence Guy, So.; TB Dimitri Nance, Sr.; OLB Mike Nixon, Sr.

CALIFORNIA: S Sean Cattouse, So.; C Chris Guarnero, Jr.; DE Cameron Jordan, Jr.; TE Anthony Miller, So.; OT Mitchell Schwartz, So.; TB Shane Vereen, So.

OREGON: DT Brandon Bair, Jr.; KR Kenjon Barner, Fr.; PK Morgan Flint, Sr.; DE Kenny Rowe, Jr.; WR Jeff Maehl, Jr.; OLB Spencer Paysinger, Jr.; OT Bo Thran, Jr.

OREGON STATE: C Alex Linnenkohl, Jr.; MLB David Pa'aluhi, So.; OLB Keith Pankey, Jr.; OLB Dwight Roberson, Jr.

STANFORD: OG David DeCastro, Fr.; DT Sione Fua, Jr.; SS Delano Howell, So.; DE Thomas Keiser, So.; QB Andrew Luck, Fr.; FB Owen Marecic, Jr.; OT Jonathan Martin, Fr.; OG Andrew Phillips, Jr.; MLB Clinton Snyder, Sr.; WR Ryan Whalen, Jr.; PK Nate Whitaker, Jr.

UCLA: OLB Akeem Ayers, So.; OLB Kyle Bosworth, Sr.; SE Nelson Rosario, So.; OT Xavier Su'a-Filo, Fr.

USC: TB Allen Bradford, Jr.; DT Jurrell Casey, So.; MLB Chris Galippo, So.; SS Will Harris, Sr.; OG Butch Lewis, Jr.; TE Anthony McCoy, Sr.; TB Joe McKnight, Jr.; OT Tyron Smith, So.; NT Christian Tupou, Jr.

WASHINGTON: WR Devin Aguilar, So.; OLB Mason Foster, Jr.; OG Senio Kelemete, So.; QB Jake Locker, Jr.; TB Chris Polk, Fr.; C Ryan Tolar, Jr.; CB Desmond Trufant, Fr.

WASHINGTON STATE: P Reid Forrest, Jr.; FS Xavier Hicks, Sr.; WR Jared Karstetter, So.; DE Travis Long, Fr.; RB Dwight Tardy, Sr.




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