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Top 10 Chargers of 2011: #6 Mike Tolbert

The NFL Network is releasing their Top 100 players of 2012 and there just is not enough Chargers action on that list, so the staff at Bolt Beat got together to create a Top 10 Chargers list based off of their performances from last season. 

6) Mike Tolbert

For the past four years, he was known as #35. He was an unstoppable force on the field, and that made him one of the Bolts’ secret weapons.

The Chargers signed running back Mike Tolbert in 2008 as an undrafted free agent out of Coastal Carolina University. In his last year of college, Tolbert led the team with 748 rushing yards for 9 touchdowns. And in return he was named a second-team FCS All-American.

Since day one as a Charger, Tolbert was making an impact on the field and became an instant fan favorite. In the 2010 season Tolbert racked up 735 rushing yards and completed 11 rushing touchdowns. His outstanding performance made him the Charger’s Offensive Player of the Year.

Tolbert ended his fourth and last season as a Bolt on a high note, rushing 490 yards for 8 touchdowns. He was a fundamental player who constantly pursued first downs and, when given the chance, carried the ball for game-winning touchdowns. He was a rock on the field, and he refused to be stopped when he weaved in and out of the defense. After his 19th career rushing TD in week 15 against Baltimore, Tolbert was tied for sixth on the Chargers all-time rushing touchdowns list. His presence on the field was undoubtedly rewarding, and it ultimately helped the Chargers obtain those Ws. It was his best season yet as a Bolt.

Tolbert will begin his fifth season in the NFL as a Carolina Panther. He had a great run with the Chargers, but now he will be using his talents elsewhere.

Bolt Beat Top 10 of 2011:

10. Takeo Spikes
9.   Malcom Floyd
8.   Antwan Barnes
7.  Jared Gaither
6. Mike Tolbert

2011 Stats:

Rushing Receiving
Year Tm G GS Att Yds TD Lng Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng Fmb
2011 SDG 15 1 121 490 8 40 54 433 8.0 2 27 2
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Generated 5/24/2012.


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  • BoogaP

    Great article.  Watched some Tolbert highlights yesterday.  Wishing he would have been on my list….

  • CindiSpears

    Nice.  Tolbert was always good for something whether he had the ball or was blocking.  Good guy too.  I hate to see him in those ugly Panther colors.  :-(

  • epadaon

    i just wanted to see the kid dance… i am one of the few that really didnt like him as a football player though. and i really cant explain why i dont like him

  • RMainwaring

    I think Tolbert was the workhorse for the Chargers last season although he did make some questionable decisions while running the ball. The one that stands out was, and I forget which game it was, when he was working for a first down and hesitated, trying to do too much. Needless to say, he didn’t make the first down and got yelled at by Norv Tunrstyle.

  • @kencaminiti21

    You forgot to mention how he carried the running game during the first few weeks of the season while Ryan Matthews was working off is War of Warcraft weight.

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  • street

    what an awesome story… from seeing him at camp and making a mental note on a freeagent fullback with the feet of natrone.. to what ? like 12 TDs last year? i wish him luck.. what we need though in his position is a guy that can crack a defense with speed.. we missed out this season in the draft .. i hope it dosnt bite us in the arss.

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