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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, who has helped develop record-setting and explosive offenses in his eight previous seasons as an offensive coordinator, is in his second season as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Ohio State University. The 2013 season is his 15tt as a collegiate coach.
The 2012 Ohio State offensive unit led the Big Ten in scoring at 37.2 points per game, ranked 10th nationally in rushing at nearly 250 yards per game, and scored 60 touchdowns, fourth-most in school history.
Individually, quarterback Braxton Miller was fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting after a season in which he set the school record for total offense and was a finalist for the Davey O'Brien and Manning Awards. He was also named the Big Ten's offensive player of the year, quarterback of the year and the Chicago Tribune's Silver Football Award winner as the Big Ten's most outstanding player.
And as a recruiter, Herman was named the 2013 Rivals.com Big Ten Recruiter of the Year and national Top 25 recruiter.
"Tom Herman has one of the bright young minds in college football," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said.
Herman 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 a son, Maddock.
Hometown: Simi Valley, Calif. (But born in Cincinnati)
Tom Herman Coaching Experience