While his former Stanford football teammates are gearing up for their first day of fall practice on August 9, Toby Gerhart is getting ready for training camp, as well, only miles away with the Minnesota Vikings.
Gerhart, a second-round selection, signed a four-year contract with the Vikings for a reported $3.767 million, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post. The contract number, which Wilson obtained from an NFL source, reportedly includes a guaranteed $1.939 million.
Gerhart won the Doak Walker Award last season as the nation's top running back. He rushed for 1,871 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Gerhart, the 51st overall pick in the draft, had an outstanding four-year career at Stanford. He finished in the 2009 Heisman Trophy balloting in the closest race in Heisman history. He finished as Stanford's all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (44) and ranks second all-time in the Cardinal record books with 3,522 rushing yards.
Gerhart registered a 38-inch vertical leap at the NFL scouting combine and opened eyes by running the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds.
Gerhart also had the highest Wonderlic score among the running backs with a 30 and proved his fitness by bench-pressing 225 pounds 22 times.
"I've been compared with the other 'white guys' that have played my position," Gerhart said at the NFL scouting combine. "I get compared to (John) Riggers, (Mike) Alstott and stuff like that. But I'm color blind. I'm a running back. I compare my running styles to the likes of Eddie George or Corey Dillon, those type of guys."
Minnesota traded up in the second round to grab Gerhart, who will serve as a backup to Adrian Peterson. The Vikings needed Gerhart after Chester Taylor signed with Chicago in the offseason.
Gerhart missed all the organized team activities and most of minicamp while finishing school at Stanford and coach Brad Childress said it was important that he not miss any of training camp.