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Keegan Herring

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 203 | College: Arizona State
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The Pac-10's active career leader in all rushing categories, Herring has shown remarkable consistency throughout his time with the Sun Devils. Considering the talent around him, Herring could be on the verge of a monster senior campaign. Entering the 2008 season, Herring has already amassed 2,234 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns. The speed threat that complemented power runner Ryan Torain (now with the Denver Broncos), Herring is essentially a poor man's Reggie Bush. Blessed with a rare combination of size, speed, agility and soft hands, Herring is best suited as a change of pace back at the NFL level. Unlike most situational backs, however, Herring isn't simply a speed threat. A veteran of 38 games entering 2008, Herring has never missed time due to injury and will bowl over the unsuspecting defender.


Positives: Tight-skinned athlete with the frame to add additional mass. Good initial quickness to and through the hole. Good lateral agility to make defenders miss in the hole and can bounce to the outside for big yardage. Legitimate breakaway threat. Big-play ability as a running back, receiver and potential returner to continue in this role at the next level. Has never missed a game due to injury. Resilient. Continued playing at a high level despite the deaths of his father, sister, aunt and childhood friend over the course of only four months. Good aggression and toughness as an interior runner, despite his size. Will lower his shoulder on unsuspecting defenders and fights for extra yardage. Slippery runner who keeps his feet moving and slides off tacklers to gain extra yardage after initial contact.

Negatives: Lacks the bulk and explosive power for a traditional lead back role. Has been used as a change-of-pace back throughout much of his career (only 12 starts in 38 career games) and seems destined for a similar role in the NFL. Despite his impressive career totals, Herring has never rushed for more than the 870 yards he gained as a freshman in 2005.

Career Notes

Lightning-quick runner who became the 16th player in school history to surpass 2,000 career rushing yards … finished his career eighth on ASU's all-time career rushing yards list … totaled 2,635 rushing yards on 511 carries (5.2 avg.) and 20 rushing touchdowns … played in 47 games and made 14 starts during his four years as a Sun Devil … broke ASU's freshman rushing record in 2005 … possesses world-class agility and sprinter's speed to burst past would-be tacklers … consistently provided the speedy homerun threat for ASU's rushing offense.

2008 Season

Played in nine games and made two starts … totaled 401 rushing yards on 105 carries (3.8 avg.) and had three rushing touchdowns on the season … also had three receptions for seven yards … was named to the 2008 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team that honors players that embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back through selfless contributions and commendable acts of kindness … had 59 rushing yards on 12 carries and scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter of team's victory over Stanford on Sept. 6 … came back from an injury that kept him out of three of the team's first four games to play in the final eight … rushed for 37 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown at California on Oct. 4 … had a season-high 144 rushing yards on 22 carries and a 29-yard touchdown run in ASU's victory at Washington on Nov. 8 … one of four Sun Devil running backs to rush for 30 or more yards in win over Washington State on Nov. 15 … closed out the season with 31 rushing yards on 14 carries and a season-best 12-yard reception at Arizona on Dec. 6.

2007 Season

Played in all 13 games, starting six … led the Sun Devils with 815 rushing yards on 154 carries (5.3 avg.) … also had five rushing touchdowns on the season … of his five rushing touchdowns, three of them came on runs of 70 yards or more and another was a 46-yard scoring run … had 10 receptions for 88 yards … was a finalist for the Rudy Award, which is given to a college football player who has dealt with adversity, due to the deaths of his father, sister, aunt and friend … got his first start of the season against San Diego State on Sept. 15, and he rushed for 161 yards on 19 carries and had two touchdowns in the win … had a 72-yard touchdown run in fourth quarter of win at Stanford on Sept. 29 … became the top running back at mid-season after starter Ryan Torain was lost for the season … rushed for 119 yards on just 10 carries against Washington on Oct. 13 … also had 76-yard touchdown run, the Sun Devils' longest play from scrimmage of the season, in the third quarter of the victory over the Huskies … ran for 96 yards on 24 carries in win over California on Oct. 27 … had 83 rushing yards on 13 carries at Oregon on Nov. 3 … rushed for 116 yards on 22 attempts, including a 71-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, in victory at UCLA on Nov. 10 … had his season-long 28-yard reception in Pacific Life Holiday Bowl against Texas on Dec. 27.

2006 Season

Played in all 13 games, starting the first four … totaled 94 carries for 549 rushing yards (5.8 avg.) and six touchdowns … led ASU in yards-per-carry … also caught eight passes for 70 yards … .led ASU or tied for the team lead in rushing yards in three games … totaled 34 yards on seven carries against Northern Arizona, including an incredible 15-yard, change-of-direction touchdown run … carries seven times for 30 yards against Nevada … led ASU with 82 yards on nine carries (9.1 avg.) at Colorado … posted 54 rushing yards on nine carries (7.5 avg.) against No. 12 Oregon … scored a pair of touchdowns (eight- and six-yard runs) against Stanford … netted 98 yards on only six carries (16.3 avg) and two touchdowns at Washington, one of which was a 65-yard burst, the longest run from scrimmage of the season by a Sun Devil … also led ASU with career-highs of three receptions for 43 yards against the Huskies … led ASU with 69 rushing yards on 15 carries (4.6 avg.), adding a 40-yard touchdown run at Oregon State … gained 42 yards on nine carries against Washington State and 55 yards on nine carries against UCLA … carried 10 times for 43 yards at Arizona.entered the season as the Pac-10's fourth-leading returning rusher from 2005 … ranked as the No. 21 running back in the nation by Lindy's … rated as the No. 38 tailback in college football by Phil Steele … regarded by several publications as a preseason second-team All-Pac-10 honoree.

2005 Season

Played in all 12 games as a true freshman, starting two at tailback (UCLA and Arizona) … earned honorable mention Freshman All-America honors and was named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman team by Sporting News … broke ASU's freshman rushing record with a team-leading 870 yards … also led ASU in carries (158), per-carry average (5.5 yards) and tied Rudy Burgess for the team lead in rushing touchdowns (six) … finished ninth in the Pac-10, averaging 72.5 rushing yards-per-game … his total amount of carries was the most by a Sun Devil since Delvon Flowers in 2001 … finished 10th in the nation among true freshman running backs in rushing yards … led ASU in rushing in seven games and led the team in carries in seven contests … recorded three of the four 100-yard rushing games by a Sun Devil for the season.

Had 10 or more carries in nine games and had more than 15 carries five times … ran for 134 yards on 12 carries (11.0 avg.) and a touchdown in his collgiate debut against Temple on Sept. 1, breaking Woody Green's 34-year-old record for rushing yards in an ASU debut … ran for a team season-high 197 yards on 23 carries (8.6 avg.) and two touchdowns against Northwestern, the third-highest single-game rushing total by a freshman in ASU history and the 22nd-highest single game total in school history overall … that total was the highest by a Sun Devil tailback since Delvon Flowers' 226 rushing yards against Oregon State in 2001 … also had a 67-yard burst against Northwestern, his longest run of the season … recorded a team season-high 27 carries at No. 14 UCLA, totaling 129 yards and one score … ran for 79 yards on 19 carries (4.2 avg.) in ASU's victory over Rutgers in the Insight Bowl.

High School

A 2005 graduate of Peoria (Ariz.) High School … was ASU's first commitment from the state of Arizona in the 2005 class … pre- and postseason All-America selection by PrepStar Magazine … was listed as the top running back prospect in the state of Arizona by PrepStar … a member of The Tacoma News Tribune's "Western 100" list … No. 100 on the Southwest Hot 100 by Scout.com … named super all-state in 2004 on offense by Phoenix Metro Football Magazine … injured and missed four games as a senior … rushed for over 900 yards and led the team to the state playoffs … was the first junior to be named as the Whizzer White Player of the Year in Arizona since 1995 … great athlete with tremendous speed … one of the fastest players in the nation … was the state 5A 100 and 200-meter champion as a sophomore.

Was a first-team all-state selection following his junior campaign … career rushing totals are 3,614 yards and 54 touchdowns in two seasons at Peoria High and one year at Trevor Browne High … collected 1,712 yards rushing and scored 29 touchdowns as a junior … Peoria reached the state semifinals that year … wrestled for the first time in 2005 … compiled a 21-7 record despite wrestling in the 215 pound class at 186 pounds and was named the team's most inspirational wrestler … attended Trevor Browne High School, where he started on the varsity football team as a freshman and sophomore … was a middle linebacker and running back, gaining 937 yards during his sophomore season … runs a 4.3 40 … was coached by Doug Clapp.


Undecided on his major … parents are Freeman Herring and Debra Griffen of Peoria, Ariz … .has a sister, Denisha (20) … his uncle, James Peterson, played football at New Mexico State from 1967-71 … born May 12, 1987 … full name is Keegan Levar Herring.


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