Toby Gerhart (born March 28, 1987 in Norco, California) is a running back and an outfielder at Stanford University. He is a consensus All-American running back and is considered a top prospect in the 2010 NFL Draft, having won the Doak Walker Award in 2009. He was also the runner-up for the 2009 Heisman Trophy. Gerhart won 1276 points in the Heisman voting, coming in second to Mark Ingram, Jr., who won 1304 points; the 28-point margin was the closest vote in Heisman history. Gerhart holds the Stanford records for most 100-yard career rushing games at 20 and most career touchdowns at 44. He had a breakout senior season in 2009, setting several records.
Gerhart had a record-breaking career at running back for Norco High School in Norco, California. He set a California state record for rushing yards with 9,662 yards in his career. As of December 2009, Gerhart holds the third highest career total of running yards in national high school football history. He led Norco High School to the CIF Division 5 Southern Section football championship on December 9, 2005. Gerhart was named the Gatorade High School Player of the Year for the state of California and was named California's Mr. Football by Cal-Hi Sports. Gerhart also played baseball and graduated as one of 50 valedictorians of his high school class. High-school football scouting website Scout.com named him the 40th-best running back prospect in the nation.
Gerhart's high school statistics garnered him interest from many top college football programs. He ultimately committed to Stanford University.