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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
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/24/2012.

BOLT BEAT STAFF RANKING

#
NAME
POS.
AGE
EXP.
COLLEGE
1Anyiam, HubertWR23ROklahoma State
26Baker, EdwinRB20RMichigan State
3Barnes, JasonWR22RSouth Carolina
73Bell, CordellT21RMinnesota State-Mankato
73Brown, EddieDT22RTexas A&M
72Burton, CharlesT21RMontana
30Cattouse, SeanFS23RCal
4Cox, PaulWR22RMississippi Valley State
84Embree, TaylorWR23RUCLA
31Gatson, GregoryCB23RArkansas
89Green, LadariusTE21RLouisiana-Lafayette
45Guess, NickLS23RTennessee
72Harrell, LoganDE22RFresno State
79Harris, MikeT23RUCLA
34Hayes, MichaelRB21RHouston
54Ingram, MelvinLB23RSouth Carolina
16Lee, JarrettQB22RLSU
49Linam, JoshILBRCentral Florida
35Marah, MohamedFB23RSan Jose State
2Martens, KyleP22RRice
60Molk, DavidC23RMichigan
7Payne, PhillipWR22RUNLV
39Presley, De'AndreCB22RAppalachian State
91Reyes, KendallDE22RConnecticut
28Taylor, BrandonSS22RLSU
63Troutman, JohnnieG24RPenn State
77Tupou, ChristianDE22RUSC
83Willie, MikeWRRArizona State

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