CONWAY, S.C.-- Senior fullback Mike Tolbert has signed a free-agent contract with the NFL's San Diego Chargers, good for two years, the organization announced today. This makes the fourth Coastal player in the NFL currently, joining quarterback Tyler Thigpen (Kansas City), defensive back Quinton Teal (Carolina) and wide receiver Jerome Simpson (Cincinnati).
Tolbert was a Second Team FCS All-American by The Sports Network after earning First Team All-Big South honors his freshman season. Tolbert currently holds the CCU single game rushing record with 244 yards against VMI last year. In that victory over the Keydets, Tolbert also set a Big South Conference record with an 86-yard touchdown run, the longest in school and league history.
Mike Tolbert's Senior Year Capsule
Led Coastal in rushing and ranked fourth in the Big South with 748 yards on 111 carries (6.7 ypr – 2nd) and nine touchdowns (3rd) while leading CCU to 2nd in the league… In Big South games had 486 yards of rushing (3rd in the league) on just 60 carries (8.1 ypr - #1 in Big South) and five touchdowns (t-2nd)… His school-record 244 yards against VMI (on just 13 attempts) were the most (by 48 yards) of any Big South rusher this season, while his game-winning 86-yard touchdown run is the longest rushing play in the history of the Big South earning Offensive Player of the Week… Also had 100 yards on 16 carries in the win over GWU… Had a career-best three touchdowns and a two-point conversion run along with 60 rushing yards in the victory at CSU… Also had seven receptions for 58 yards… Finished his career with 1,670 rushing yards (3rd best at CCU) with 21 touchdowns (2nd) and 6.03 yards per rush (3rd).