Heisman finalist Gerhart is going pro

Stanford running back Toby Gerhart is ready to take his game to the next level.

The Cardinal rusher announced on Friday that he will forego his fifth season at Stanford and enter the 2010 NFL draft.

The 2009 Heisman Trophy runner-up rushed for a school-record 1,871 yards and an NCAA-best 28 touchdowns for the 8-5 Cardinal this season.

Gerhart was beaten out by Alabama running back Mark Ingram for college football’s most prestigious award back in December.

You’ve got to hand it to this kid because he knew how to show up for the big games. Gerhart rushed for 223 yards and three touchdowns in a 51-42 win over Oregon and 178 yards and three touchdowns in a 55-21 win over USC.

Here’s what NFP Director of College Scouting Wes Bunting has to say about Gerhart:

"Gerhart is a thickly-built back with good power in his lower half and the ability to consistently step through tackles. He showcases good patience and vision at the line of scrimmage and is a better lateral athlete then given credit for. However, he struggles to accelerate out of his breaks and has only one gear at the second level. Isn't dynamic enough to start in the league, but should find a niche as a power guy in a two back rotation."

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