Stanford's Toby Gerhart Should Be in the Heisman Race

Ian O'BrienCorrespondent INovember 15, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14:  Running back Toby Gerharrt #7 of the Stanford Cardinal  carries the ball against the USC Trojans on November 14, 2009 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  Stanford won 55-21.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Many people are discussing how Jimmy Clausen is a legitimate Heisman candidate. Clausen is a great QB and I think he will do well in the NFL, but I don't think he should be in the Heisman discussion because Notre Dame has four losses now and he didn't make a big play against Pittsburgh or Navy.

He did have a good comeback against USC, but they didn't win that game either. The Heisman is not just about stats, it is also about winning. But since Clausen is always in the Heisman discussions, I'd like to turn the attention to Toby Gerhart, Stanford's star running back.

Stanford just killed USC after beating Oregon and they deserve to go to the Rose Bowl. Toby Gerhart is carrying Stanford and they have a 7-3 record. He rushed for 223 yards and three TDs against Oregon and 178 yards and three TDs against USC. He has a total of 1,395 yards and 19 TDs on the season with two games to go still. Stanford will play Notre Dame on November 28 and I think Stanford will finish the season 9-3, meaning Notre Dame will have at least five losses.

My point being, Gerhart is a legitimate Heisman candidate and more legitimate than Clausen. While I think neither deserve to win, I think Gerhart should be in the discussions if Stanford wins the rest of their games.