Ohio State Overview: Nicknamed "Boom," Dan Herron spent five seasons with the Buckeyes and was a four-year letterman (2008-11). He was named a team captain for the 2011 season by a vote of his peers even though he competed in only seven games. But that's a testament to Boom. The fact that he was named the team's most valuable player after playing in only seven games is further proof that he was not only a good guy, but a great player. He finishes his career with 2,869 career rushing yards to rank 10th all-time at Ohio State. His 33 touchdowns scored rank eighth all-time at Ohio State and he also caught 44 passes during his career. A 2010 first-team all-Big Ten Conference performer, Boom was twice honored as the Buckeyes' Rex Kern Award winner as the team's top offensive back (2009 and 2010). He topped 100 yards rushing six times. Ohio State was 22-4 in the 26 games Boom scored a rushing touchdown. He graduated in December 2011 with a degree in African-American studies.
Through the Years: Boom sparked the Buckeyes with his return in the seventh game the 2011 season, topping 100 yards in each of his first three games back - all Ohio State wins - with a high of 160 in the win over Wisconsin. He finished the season with 675 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Also rushed for 100 or more yards against Illinois (114) and Indiana (141). He was named honorable mention all-Big Ten. As a junior in 2010 he rushed for 1,155 yards and scored 16 touchdowns to earn his first-team all-Big Ten accolade. He rushed for a career high 190 yards in the win over Penn State, and he also rushed for 175 yards, including a school-record tying 89-yard rush, in the win over Michigan. He scored at least one touchdown in the final 12 games of the season, a streak that would end up reaching 13 consecutive games with a TD when he scored in his first game of 2011. Topped 100 yards rushing for the first time in his career vs. Minnesota (114; all in the first half). In 2009 as a sophomore, Boom and Brandon Saine shared tailback responsibilities with Boom netting 600 yards rushing and scoring seven touchdowns. This came after he rushed for 439 yards and six scores as a redshirt freshman in 2008.
DAN HERRON'S CAREER RUSHING
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