“I’ll be speechless.”

Senior TOBY GERHART learned Monday that he is among five finalists for the Heisman Trophy, the nation’s most prestigious and well-known award in college football.

Toby Gerhart
Toby Gerhart

Today, Thursday, Gerhart will be in Orlando, Fla., as one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award for college football’s top running back. On Saturday, he’ll be in New York for the Heisman presentation. The Heisman winner will be announced during a live televised special on ESPN beginning at 5 p.m. Pacific Time.

Stanford coach JIM HARBAUGH, the Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football and a former National Football League quarterback, says Gerhart is the “best I’ve ever been around.” Pretty high praise from a fellow who played in the Pro Bowl.

This season, Gerhart shattered his own school season rushing record with 1,736 yards and scored 26 touchdowns – both national-leading marks. He also has led the Stanford football program to a winning season and its first bowl appearance since 2001.

And if he does hear his name called Saturday? In a heartwarming story about the humble star on the athletic website, Gerhart said, “I’ll be speechless.”

Good luck, Toby.