Toby Gerhart

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  1. white lightning

    white lightning Hall of Famer Staff Member

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    I've been watching the Notre Dame vs Stanford Game today on national tv.I didn't realize just how good Toby was in high school.He had a little over 9600 yards rushing for the 3rd highest total in the history of U.S. High School Football! That is simply incredible.Kyle Bell had over 8000 yards but this kid shattered that and in the state of California against very good competition.He was the California State High School Football Player of the Year!This kid could will be very hard for the NFL to overlook.He is a pit bull when he runs the ball.He is having a good freshman year despite being on the worst Stanford Team that I have ever seen.They will be good in the next several years and Toby Gerhart will lead the way! [​IMG]
     
  2. Doc Holliday

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    Being here in So Cal I got to watch him play a bit at Norco high....Norco blew out almost everyone they played & Toby didn't play alot of 4th quarters & alot of times was pulled out in the middle of the 3rd quarter....Imagine what his stats coulda been had he played entire games....
     
  3. white lightning

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    That is very true Doc Holliday.Also,he was hurt most of his sophmore year and he still rushed for over 2000 yards.This guy is a machine.I might have to get me a Stanford Hat for the next few years.Good luck to this kid as he faces the huge task of making doubters into belivers despite his amazing running ability.I really hope he sticks with football instead of baseball.
     
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    He hasn't gotten the carries. Start him decisively over Kimble once, just once so we can see him play.

    He could be overlooked. Stanford just stinks. 0-10 probably.Edited by: Freedom
     
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    Toby has 1 run for 2 yards in the Arizona game so far, and 2 catches for 15 yards.
     
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    Toby finished his freshman season with 106 carries for 375 yards, 100 yards shy of leading the team in rushing, despite starting just 1 game. He also had 15 catches for 124 yards. Hopefully he will lead the Cardinal to more victories and rack up some really great numbers next year.
     
  7. white lightning

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    They need to make him the fulltime starter next season.There is no telling how good this kid could be if he gets 20-25 touches a game.He just has to adjust to the speed level of college.He reminds me a little bit of Kyle Bell and also Kevin Harris.
     
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    The run blocking on that Stanford team is atrocious. I think it's pretty encouraging that he got as many carries as he did as a true freshman.
     
  9. lovethegame

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    I remember the first time watching this kid. he was a sophomore and playing in a playoff game against a good temecula chapparal team. they were trading points the whole game and when it came down to the finish, Norco had the ball close to the goal line and everyone knew who the ball was going to. Toby Gerhart. But, it didn't matter because he willed himself into the end zone to win the game for Norco. at that point, i knew this kid was something special. as i followed his remaining years of high school football he shattered the record books. the one thing that stands out for mein all the times i watched him play,was his relentless determination towind up in the end zone "every time" he touched the ball. the scary thing is.............. that he actually could have. he was THAT GOOD! I've never seen a high school football player that had the "whole package' both physically and mentally. what makes him so likeable is that he is so humbleI don't think he even realizes just how good he is.before he is done at Stanford(provided he stays healthy) he most certainly will make alot of noise.
     
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    Welcome to the board lovethegame.Toby is a very special player as you have said.His future looks bright.I hope he can be similar to Kyle Bell for Colorado State.I would love to see Toby lead the Pac Ten in rushing and help get Stanford back in the public eye.They were just terrible this season.
     
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    Stanford just hired new head coach Jim Harbaugh. We'll have to see how this plays out for Toby. I am not sure of his beliefs regarding a white RB.
     
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    I watch most of the Pac Ten Games so to see him be the starter would be great. I would love to see him lead the conf. in rushing. This kid reminds me a little of "Touchdown Tommy Vardell".
     
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    Scott Laidlaw,Brad Muster,Tommy Vardell,Jon Volpe and now Toby Gerhart.Sounds good to me.
     
  15. white lightning

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    Toby Gerhart led Stanford to a 37-0 victory running for 140 yards on only 12 touches. What a start to his year.
    Here is a good article about him and their big win.

    Stanford's Gerhart enlivens run game
    By Darren Sabedra
    Mercury News
    Article Launched: 09/16/2007 01:50:32 AM PDT



    Toby Gerhart was tired of hearing that Stanford had no running game, tired of looking up at the scoreboard and seeing the Cardinal on the losing end. So Saturday night against San Jose State, the sophomore running back did something about it.

    Held out of the season opener two weeks earlier against UCLA because of a sore hamstring, Gerhart rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown in 12 carries, leading the Cardinal to a 37-0 rout at Stanford Stadium.

    Showing the power and elusiveness that made him California's all-time leading high school rusher, the sophomore broke one tackle and ran over a defender on his way to a 48-yard run in the first half. He also scored Stanford's first touchdown, a 14-yard run on the opening drive of the first quarter.

    "I loved it," Coach Jim Harbaugh said. "It really brought a balance to our game and a physical presence. He was dragging people, knocking them off the ball."

    - Derek Belch kicked field goals of 52, 50 and 37 yards. The 52-yarder was the longest by a Stanford kicker in eight seasons. He also became just the second Stanford kicker to hit two 50-yarders in a game. Rod Garcia had two against USC in 1973.

    "They looked at me and asked me if I could make it," Belch said of the 52-yarder. "I gave them the thumbs up. That's huge, when they have confidence to ask you what you think."

    - Few people outside of the Stanford program had confidence in the Cardinal defense after it allowed 624 yards


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    in a 45-17 loss to UCLA. But Stanford delivered its first shut out since blanking Michigan State in the 1996 Sun Bowl.
    Safety Bo McNally had 11 tackles and an interception, leading a unit that allowed just 163 yards, including 32 on the ground.

    "Against UCLA, it was a lot of us killing ourselves with missed tackles and such," McNally said. "The last couple of weeks we really focused on improving in those areas, and I think it showed tonight how much we improved and what kind of defense our defense can be when we play well."

    - The offense also played well. The line opened holes for the running backs and gave quarterback T.C. Ostrander time to find his receivers. Stanford finished with 506 yards, its most productive day since it gained 563 against San Jose State in 2002.

    Gerhart said after a practice last week that it was time for the Cardinal to make a statement. He had injured his hamstring a few days before the season opener and then had to watch Stanford gain just 52 yards on the ground.

    "No one gives credit to our running game," he said. 'Everybody said Stanford had no run game and tonight we wanted to come out and prove that - finish the runs, the offensive linemen and wide receivers finishing blocks and just making a statement. I think we did that tonight."

    Gerhart rushed for 9,622 yards during his career at Norco High in Riverside County. Asked if his performance brought back memories from high school, Gerhart smiled and said, "A little bit. It felt good to finally have a good game, and I'm anxious to get back out here and run. The new system, the new everything - it just felt awesome."

    Stanford had 276 yards on the ground, which was its best day rushing since it had 291 against Arizona in November 2001.

    Anthony Kimble had 80 yards and a touchdown in 19 carries.

    "I love the way Toby and A.K. run the ball," Ostrander said. "We made a lot of improvement. Both Toby and A.K. were ready to go, especially Toby since he didn't get to play (in the opener). That showed. He was running over guys."

    - The 37-point margin of victory was Stanford's largest since it routed San Jose State in September 2004.

    - Linebacker Clinton Snyder left the game after the first play because of a pinched nerve in his neck. He was visibly upset as he left the field.

    Snyder, arguably the Cardinal's top defensive player, had two 'stingers' and severe cramping in the opener against UCLA. He had hoped Saturday would be different.

    Peter Griffin replaced Snyder and finished with one tackle.
     
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    it's good to be back in the forum. what's even better is to read about toby gerhart bustin out on his first game this season. before we get too excited for him, let's keep in perspective that this was against San Jose State. the real test of this team and toby in particular will be in the next (3) weeks. It's a tough schedule, but hopefully this last game was..........if nothing else a confidence builder for him and expecially the team. that's what they need as much as anything else. confidence! I really hope this kid does great this season because he is really a special talent and deserves great things. if he stays healthy, he can lead this team to a place that's respectable.
     
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    good news about Toby, let's hope he continues to excel for Stanford!
     
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    Hopefully Garhart can tear it up during conference play and best part is he's ONLY a SOPH!!!
     
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    John Lynch is from Stanford, so maybe he can have a shot at the NFL if Lynch a white DB is starting in the NFL after several year!
     
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    does anyone know why Toby Gerhart did not play in the oregon game? was he hurt or is there another reason. can't seem to find any answers. would appreciate anyone's help on this question.
     
  21. backrow

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    no problem (courtesy of San Jose Mercury News)

    "Stanford routed San Jose State on Saturday but paid a price on both sides of the ball. Starting middle linebacker Fred Campbell suffered a career-ending fracture in his neck, and tailback Toby Gerhart has a knee injury that will sideline him for at least Saturday's game against 13th-ranked Oregon.

    Gerhart said he has a partial tear in his left posterior cruciate ligament. He initially heard he could be out three to four weeks but will know more after meeting today with his doctor. He watched practice Tuesday while on crutches.

    "You can't really put a time limit on it," said Gerhart, who rushed for 140 yards in a little more than a half Saturday against SJSU. "Once the inflammation goes down, it should strengthen a little bit. When I feel like I can run, I can run again. It's real disappointing."

    Gerhart, a sophomore, said the injury will not require surgery. He believes he was injured while being tackled on a 48-yard run in the first half, although he didn't realize it until he made a cut midway through the third quarter."
     
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    Thanks Gi-15, that is good news!
     
  24. whiteCB

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    Yes, that is great to hear. Hopefully he'll come back bigger, faster, and stronger. Unfortunately that's what he thought about Kyle Bell and that hasn't quite panned out so maybe Gerhart can prove otherwise. Either way its great that he gets another year of eligability.
     
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    Correct me if im wrong, but I think a PCL tear is slightly less serious than a ACL tear.
     

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