Herron with the Colts in 2014
|Date of birth:||March 21, 1989|
|Place of birth:||Warren, Ohio|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school:||Warren (OH) Harding|
|NFL draft:||2012 / Round: 6 / Pick: 191|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2014|
|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.
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." 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.
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.
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. 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.
|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|
2012 NFL Draft
|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|
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. On December 4, 2012 Herron was recalled to the Bengals active roster after spending the first part of the season on the practice squad. 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.
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. Herron was waived injured on September 6, 2015. If he clears waivers, he will revert to the Colts' practice squad.
- Pool, Chris (April 18, 2006). "BOOM! HERRON NAMES NEW FAVORITES". recruiting.scout.com. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
- "Ohio State football players sanctioned". sports.espn.go.com. December 26, 2010. Retrieved September 21, 2015.
- Lesmerises, Doug (October 3, 2011). "Ohio State Buckeyes' Marcus Hall, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey suspended for improper work payments". cleveland.com. Retrieved September 21, 2015.
- "Ohio State Buckeyes Official Athletic Site - Football". ohiostatebuckeyes.com. Retrieved September 21, 2015.
- "INDIANAPOLIS COLTS RB-DANIEL HERRON SIGNS TENDER". colts.com. April 1, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
- "Indianapolis Colts make roster moves". blogs.colts.com. September 6, 2015. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
- Career statistics and player information from NFL.com • ESPN • Pro-Football-Reference
- Ohio State Buckeyes bio
- Rivals.com bio
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