Toby Gerhart Named One of Five Finalists for Heisman Trophy

Dec. 7, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. - Senior running back Toby Gerhart, who rushed for a Stanford single-season record 1,736 yards and 26 touchdowns this season, has been named one of five finalists for the Heisman Memorial Trophy, which honors the nation's most outstanding college football player.

Joining Gerhart as finalists for the Heisman Trophy are running back Mark Ingram of Alabama, quarterback Colt McCoy of Texas, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska and quarterback Tim Tebow of Florida.

Gerhart and the five other finalists will be on hand for the presentation of the Heisman Trophy in New York City on Saturday, Dec. 12. The winner will be announced during a live televised special on ESPN beginning at 5:00 p.m. PT.

'It is a tremendous honor to be one of the finalists for the Heisman Trophy,' said Gerhart. 'I share this honor with every one of my teammates and our entire coaching staff. I am most pleased that my efforts along with those of so many others this year have put Stanford Football back on the national map.'

Gerhart 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.

Gerhart 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.

One Stanford player had won the Heisman Trophy since its inception in 1935. Quarterback Jim Plunkett won the 1970 Heisman Trophy after he guided Stanford to a 9-3 record, which included a victory over Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. He garnered 510 of a possible 1,059 first place votes cast.

Other Stanford players who have finished in the top 10 in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy include Frankie Albert (3 rd ; 1940), Norman Standlee (9 th ; 1940), Bill McColl (4 th ; 1951), Bobby Garrett (5 th ; 1953), Guy Benjamin (7 th ; 1977), Darrin Nelson (6 th ; 1981), John Elway (2 nd ; 1982) and Glyn Milburn (9 th ; 1992).

Gerhart, who was named the Pac-10 Conference's Offensive Player of the Year today, is also one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award which honors the best running back in the nation. Gerhart will take part in the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards show this Thursday night in Orlando, Fla. The show, hosted by ESPN's Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit, will originate from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney's BoardWalk at the Walt Disney World Resort.

The show will feature the live presentation of nine player awards in addition to the student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team.

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