STANFORD, Calif. – Toby Gerhart has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2009 Doak Walker Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate running back.
Gerhart currently leads the Pac-10 Conference and ranks second nationally in rushing average at 135.2 yards per game. He has rushed for 1,217 yards this season, breaking his own school single-season rushing record of 1,136 yards set last season.
He has gone over the 100-yard mark in seven of nine games this season, including a pair of 200-yard games. Last Saturday, the senior from Norco, Calif. rushed for 223 yards in Stanford’s 52-41 win over previously seventh-ranked Oregon, breaking the school’s single game rushing record.
Gerhart joins (in alphabetical order) Donald Buckram of UTEP, Jonathan Dwyer of Georgia Tech, Mark Ingram of Alabama, Dion Lewis of Pitt, Ryan Mathews of Fresno State, Jacquizz Rodgers of Oregon State, C.J. Spiller of Clemson, Ben Tate of Auburn and Ryan Williams of Virginia Tech among the semifinalists for this prestigious award.
The three finalists for the award will be named on Nov. 23 and a second vote by the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will determine the recipient. The 2009 Doak Walker Award recipient will be announced live on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards on Thursday, December 10.
The Award is named after three-time SMU All-American running back and 1948 Heisman Trophy winner Doak Walker.
Gerhart has also started 105 games in his first three seasons for the Cardinal baseball team. His efforts during the 2009 football season have been chronicaled in the Collegebaseball360.com “Two Sport Reports“. We will have a new Report with updated stats for Gerhart and other two sport athletes this week.
(Press Release & Staff Reports)