Dan Herron

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This article is about the Indianapolis Colts running back. For the Chicago Cubs pitcher, see Dan Haren.
Dan Herron
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Herron with the Colts in 2014
Free agent
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-03-21) March 21, 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth: Warren, Ohio
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Warren (OH) Harding
College: Ohio State
NFL draft: 2012 / Round: 6 / Pick: 191
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Rushing yards: 389
Rushing average: 4.5
Rushing touchdowns: 1
Receptions: 22
Receiving yards: 230
Stats at NFL.com

Daniel "Boom" Herron (born March 21, 1989) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. Herron played football at Warren G. Harding High School in Warren, OH and Ohio State University. Herron was recruited by Jim Tressel. Herron's dad is a bishop. His brother, David Herron is an NFL linebacker who played football for the Michigan State Spartans. He was drafted in the 6th round of the 2012 NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, and has also played for the Indianapolis Colts.

Early career[edit]

As he grew into upper class, Herron starred as the featured running back in high school for the Warren G. Harding Raiders. He amassed his best season as a Junior, rushing for over 1500 yards and 17 touchdowns. When asked what he thought of his player, then Harding coach Thom Mcdaniels replied, "I wouldn’t trade “Boom” for any running back in Ohio."[1] Coming out of high school he ran a 40 yard dash in the mid 4.5's and boasted an impressive 37 inch vertical. Scout.com had him ranked as the 27th best backfield recruit in the country.[2]

College career[edit]

Herron spent five years at Ohio State University. He was a four-time letterman. In 2008 he struggled to get playing time over future NFL back Beanie Wells and again in 2009 splitting time with Brandon Saine in an offense heavily centered around the running talents of quarterback Terrelle Pryor. In 2010, Herron delivered as the starter, totaling 1155 yards and 16 touchdowns. Later that year, just a week before the team's appearance in their bowl game, it became apparent that Herron, amongst other top Buckeye players, was facing substantial NCAA sanctions.


On December 23, 2010, Herron and four other Ohio State players were suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season, but were still allowed to play in that year's Sugar Bowl, which they won 31-26 vs. Arkansas. Herron was said to have sold a jersey, pants, and shoes that he had previously worn in a game. The other suspended players were quarterback Terrelle Pryor, wide receiver DeVier Posey, offensive lineman Mike Adams, and defensive end Soloman Thomas.[3]

On October 3, 2011, in an unrelated story, Herron was suspended for one more week due to being overpaid during a summer job in the Cleveland area.[4] Despite the six-week suspension, Herron was elected a team captain by his teammates and went on to rush for 675 yards and three touchdowns the remainder of the season.[5]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team G Att Yards Avg TD
2008 Ohio State Buckeyes 11 89 439 4.9 6
2009 Ohio State Buckeyes 10 153 633 3.9 7
2010 Ohio State Buckeyes 13 216 1155 5.3 16
2011 Ohio State Buckeyes 7 135 678 5.0 3
Total 41 593 2946 4.8 32

Professional career[edit]

2012 NFL Draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 213 lb 32 in 9 in 4.57 s 1.56 s 2.60 s 4.04 s 6.97 s 35 in 9 ft 9 in 22 reps
All values from NFL Combine[6]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Herron in 2013

Dan Herron signed a four-year deal through 2015 with the Cincinnati Bengals on May 23, 2012. On August 31, 2012, Herron was cut from the Cincinnati Bengals roster.[7] On December 4, 2012 Herron was recalled to the Bengals active roster after spending the first part of the season on the practice squad.[8] On December 13, 2012 Herron blocked a punt against the Philadelphia Eagles; in the same game he had his first carry. He ended the game with 3 rushes for 8 yards.

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

The Indianapolis Colts signed Herron on October 9, 2013. On November 30, 2014, in a game against the Washington Redskins, Herron recorded his first career rushing touchdown, on a career-long 49-yard run to put Indianapolis up 14-3. The Colts ended the game with a 49-27 victory. In his first postseason game, Herron rushed 12 times for 56 yards and a touchdown, adding 10 receptions for 85 yards as the Colts defeated his former team, the Cincinnati Bengals, 26–10. The following week, Herron touched the ball a career-high 31 times (23 carries, 8 receptions) and recorded a combined 95 yards and 1 rushing touchdown to help Indianapolis beat the Denver Broncos 24–13. Herron was tendered a contract at the end of the season, as an exclusive-rights free agent. On April 1, he signed his tender.[9] Herron was waived injured on September 6, 2015. If he clears waivers, he will revert to the Colts' practice squad.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2012 Cincinnati Bengals 3 0 4 5 1.3 6 0 0 0 0
2013 Indianapolis Colts 6 0 5 33 6.6 22 0 1 57 57.0 57 0
2014 Indianapolis Colts 16 3 78 351 4.5 49T 1 21 173 8.2 26 0 2 2
Total 25 3 87 389 4.5 49 1 22 230 10.5 57 0 2 2


Season Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2014 Indianapolis Colts 3 3 45 170 3.8 27 2 20 128 6.4 18 0 2 1
Total 3 3 45 170 3.8 27 2 20 128 6.4 18 0 2 1


External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Chris Wells
Ohio State Buckeyes
Starting Tailbacks

Succeeded by
Brandon Saine
Preceded by
Brandon Saine
Ohio State Buckeyes
Starting Tailbacks

Succeeded by
Jordan Hall
Preceded by
Jordan Hall
Ohio State Buckeyes
Starting Tailbacks

Succeeded by
Jordan Hall