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Q&A with the senior backup quarterback
The emphasis of practice No. 7 was on the passing game; and defending it
Nine daughters of Ohio State coaches spent some time with Dad Wednesday at the WHAC
Earliest start, perhaps, in school history comes after a 103-day break in practices
Tom Herman has helped develop record-setting and explosive offenses in each of his nine seasons as an offensive coordinator, including his two seasons in the position of OC/quarterbacks coach at Ohio State University.
After leading the Big Ten in scoring in 2012 at 37.2 points per game and ranking 10th nationally in rushing at nearly 250 yards per game, Ohio State's offense under Urban Meyer, Herman and Co. went to a new level in 2013 by ranking third nationally in scoring with 45.5 points per game and fifth in rushing with 308.6 yards per game.
The Buckeyes have been successful through the air as well. Among the 12 single season records to fall in 2013 were most touchdown passes (38) with top five school totals in passing yards (2,846), attempts (368) and completions (238). Additional records were set this season in rushing yards in a season (4,321 yards, which also is a Big Ten Conference record), most total touchdowns (82) and most total offensive yards (7,167), yards per play (7.1) and yards per game (511.9).
Individually, Herman has guided quarterback Braxton Miller to consecutive seasons where he was named Big Ten Conference's Graham-George offensive player of the year, Griese-Brees quarterback of the year and the Chicago Tribune's Silver Football Award winner as the Big Ten's most outstanding player. Miller has finished fifth and ninth in the Heisman Trophy voting the past two years. Additionally, he set the school record for total offense and was a finalist for the Davey O'Brien and Manning Awards in 2012 and in 2013 he led the Big Ten in passing efficiency.
And when Miller missed two starts because of injury his backup, Kenny Guiton, merely threw for 491 yards and 10 touchdowns, including a school-record six touchdowns in one game to earn national quarterback of the week honors and back-to-back Big Ten weekly honors.
"Tom Hermon has one of the bright young minds in college football," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. "His philosophies are very similar to those of my own."
Herman, who was named the 2013 Rivals.com Big Ten Recruiter of the Year and national Top 25 recruiter, arrived in Columbus after spending three years as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Iowa State University, and before that was offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for record-setting offenses at Rice University.
Herman coached four years at Sam Houston State (2001-04), serving as receivers coach and special teams coordinator. He also spent two years at Texas State (2005-06) and two years at Rice (2007-08) as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
While his Texas State offenses led the Southland Conference in total offense each season, his time at Rice was particularly notable. His offenses broke over 40 school records and in his second season the Owls won 10 games and went to a bowl for the first time since 1954.
Furthermore, Rice ranked in the Top 10 nationally in 2008 in passing offense (5th; 327.8), scoring offense (T8th; 41.6) and total offense (10th; 472.3). Two Rice receivers had more than 1,300 yards receiving that year, tight end James Casey had 111 catches and quarterback Chase Clement was the Conference USA MVP.
Herman was born in Cincinnati and still has family there. He was raised in Simi Valley, Calif., and he played collegiately at California Lutheran, in Thousand Oaks, graduating in 1997 with a degree in business administration. He has a master's in education from the University of Texas.
Herman and his wife, Michelle, have a daughter, Priya, and two sons, Maddock and Maverick.
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