Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 9/1/09: #4 RB, #75/750 Overall, Projected Rd: 3 2008: 12 GP; 12 GS; Rush: 210-1136-5.4-15; Rec: 13-114-8.8-0; 1 Sol-2 TT; Earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors after establishing a single-season Stanford record by rushing...finished third among all Pac-10 rushers behind Cal's Jahvid Best (131.7) and Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers (113.9) with 94.7 yards per game...powered a Stanford running game that ranked second in the Pac-10 and 19th nationally with a 199.6 per game average...team rushing total of 2,395 yards was the second-best single-season mark in school history...scored 15 rushing touchdowns on the season, good for second place on Stanford's all-time single-season list...recorded a Pac-10-best eight 100-yard rushing games during the season...his 15 rushing touchdowns were tied for second with Best among Pac-10 running backs (LeGarrette Blount, Oregon State; 17)...was forced to the sidelines early in the Washington game after suffering a mild concussion...named the Pac-10's Player of the Week after rushing for 116 yards and the game-winning touchdown with 25 seconds remaining against Arizona...a strained hamstring limited his effectiveness at Oregon (8 carries, 21 yards)...finished with 103 yards on 19 carries at California to earn the Frank Rehm Memorial Award as the outstanding Stanford back in the Big Game. 2007: 1 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 12-140-11.7-1; Played in only one game in 2007 due to injury, received medical redshirt for the campaign … Had a huge game versus San Jose State, rushing for a career-high 140 yards and his first career TD on just 12 carries. 2006: 12 GP; 1 GS; Rush: 106-375-3.5-0; Rec: 15-124-8.3-0; Stanford's second-leading rusher as a true freshman ... Started at UCLA ... Limited during several games midway through the season as he battled injuries.
Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Running back Toby Gerhart -- The Vikings are confident Gerhart will be able to help fill the role that Chester Taylor played as Adrian Peterson's backup and also provide a bruising presence out of the backfield.
A closer look at the Vikings' picks: Round 2/51 -- Toby Gerhart, RB, 6-0, 231, Stanford: The Vikings thought enough of Gerhart that they traded their second- (No. 62) and third-round picks (No. 93) to Houston to move up 11 spots to grab him. Gerhart was the Heisman trophy runner-up last year as he rushed for 1,871 yards and 28 touchdowns. - by The Sports Xchange
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01/09/13 - RB Toby Gerhart has another year to sit behind Peterson and give the Vikings one of the best backup running backs in the league. He's powerful, has a deceptive wiggle for a big back and his mileage is extremely low, obviously.
12/27/12 - RB Toby Gerhart tied his season high for carries with eight at Houston. He entered the game for good with about seven minutes left and, as starter Adrian Peterson put it, "stuck the dagger in them pretty good." The Vikings were comfortably ahead and Peterson was rested because of abdominal soreness that has been bothering him in recent weeks. Gerhart had 31 carries and a rushing touchdown, his first of the season and third in his three-year career.
12/11/12 - RB Toby Gerhart had three carries for 17 yards. It was the most carries for the backup since he had six against the Titans on Oct. 7. In the seven games prior to the Bears game, Gerhart had five carries total. Such is the life of Adrian Peterson's backup.
12/03/12 - RB Toby Gerhart had his first carry since the Nov. 4 loss at Seattle. He went back-to-back games without a carry before getting just one carry for two yards against the Packers. Gerhart hasn't had more than one carry in a game since the Oct. 7 blowout of the Titans.
11/30/12 - RB Toby Gerhart has gone back-to-back games without a carry. In his first 40 NFL games before this stretch, he had only one game in which he didn't carry the ball. Gerhart has only 32 carries on the season.