Move over Superman (or Tim Tebow to some), There is a new Man of Steel.
His name is not Colt McCoy. His name isn't Tim Tebow. His name is Toby Gerhart, and he is a member of the Stanford Cardinal.
You may be wondering, 'Whats the big deal about some guy from Stanford?'. I'll tell you the big deal. It's that this guy (and a few others) have turned a Stanford team into a serious contender for the Pac 10 title.
Gerhart didn't just rise to the top as a senior at Stanford, he rose in High School. At the time of his High School career, he totalled a historic 9,662 yards, which would rank 3rd at the time in the American High School football record books. Stanford pounced on Gerhart, and he wa ranked the 40th best running back in the 2006 Recruiting Class.
During his Junior season at Stanford, Gerhart broke the Stanford season rushing record, amassing 1,136 yards and 16 touchdowns. In 2009 so far, he has shown that he can be a workhorse, and his body build shows it. He stands 6'1", 235 lbs and reminds many of a typical fullback, however he can hold his own carrying the ball. Through 10 games in 2009, he has 262 attempts. In 2008, he had just 210. The thing is, he has shown absolutely no signs of slowing down.
In those 262 attempts, he has ran for 1,395 yards and 19 touchdowns, both also career highs. He is averaging 5.3 yards per carry, and the lowest average yards per carry in a single game was 4.4 against the Arizona Wildcats, but he still ran for 123 yards against them. he was held under 100 yards just twice, against Wake Forest and Oregon State, but in both games he only ran a total of 38 times. Thats as many as he had in a single game, against Oregon.
The workhorse load also proved big for Stanford in 2009 so far, when he ran for atleast 25 times in a game, the Cardinal are 5-1. Lets see where his stats are located in the nation among FBS running backs.
Attempts - #1, 262 (34 more than second place Daniel Thomas of Kansas State)
Rushing Yards - #3, 1395 (1st - Ryan Mathews, FSU ; 2nd - Donald Buckram, UTEP )
Touchdowns - #2, 19 (1st - Ricky Dobbs, Navy )
And when it comes down to decision time for the Heisman Memorial Trophy to invite several members of the college football world to New York for one of the Greatest Awards in Sports, Toby Gerhart by far should be receiving an invite, if not the award itself.