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.
Herron 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.
One of five OSU players suspended for first five games of 2011 due to NCAA rule violation of receiving improper benefits. First team all-Big Ten ... 1,155 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns for the season on 216 carries ... also caught 19 passes for 180 yards ... has scored a TD in 12 straight games ... Doak Walker Award preseason watch list ... 17 career starts ... 2,194 career rushing yards ... 30 career scores ... 66 yards rushing with a 4-yd TD and gained 47 yards on a screen play against Miami ... scored two rushing TDs against Ohio ... 7-yard TD run against Eastern Michigan ... scored 6-yard TD to seal the Illinois win with 1:49 remaining ... 95 yards on 23 carries vs. Illini ... TD runs of 39 and 8 yards in Indiana win ... rushed for 91 yards and a pair of TD at Wisconsin ... 2 TD, 74 yards rushing, 14 receiving in Purdue win ... fi rst career 100-yard game came at Minnesota, with 114 yards on 17 carries with a 10-yard TD, all in the fi rst half ... 190 yards rushing on 21 carries in the win over Penn State, adding a 5-yd TD run and a pair of receptions for 13 yards ... 1-yd TD was the gamewinner at Iowa ... 175 yards rushing on 22 carries vs. Michigan ... included in that was a penaltyshortened 89-yard run that is still the longest play from scrimmage in OSU history ... 87 yards with a 9-yard TD in the Sugar Bowl ... offensive player of week: Illinois, Wisconsin, Purdue, Minnesota, Penn State ... Rex Kern award from coaches as outstanding offensive back and Agonis /Rick Meyer award for top performance vs. Penn State.
He and Brandon Saine keyed the ground game for the Rose Bowl champions ... 633 yards rushing in 10 games ... scored a touchdown in eight straight games ... 72 yards rushing vs. Navy with a 6-yard score ... also caught four passes for 29 yards against the Midshipmen ... rushed for 44 yards with a 2-yard TD against USC ... rushed for 42 yards with a 4-yard TD in Toledo game ... rushed for 75 yards, two TD in the win over Illinois ... missed Indiana game with ankle injury ... reinjured early in Wisconsin game and missed Purdue and Minnesota contests ... scored on 53-yard run against New Mexico State ... gained 58 yards at Penn State ... 97 yards with an 11-yard score in the Iowa win ... 96 yards rushing in the win at Michigan, and scored on a 12-yard reception that increased a 14-10 lead to 21-10 ... 42 yards rushing and three receptions in the Rose Bowl victory ... offensive player of week: Navy, Illinois, Iowa ... Jack Tatum big hit: USC ... Rex Kern Award for outstanding back from Ohio State coaches ... second-year letterwinner.
Rushed for 439 yards and six scores ... continued to gain reps with the injury to Beanie Wells ... rushed for 50 yards and a 1-yard TD against Ohio ... first career start vs. USC ... 51 yards rushing at USC ... rushed for 94 yards on 20 carries against Troy ... left the Wisconsin game with a concussion and missed the Purdue and Michigan State matchups ... rushed for 38 yards with a 16-yard touchdown at Northwestern ... 12-yard TD among 29 yards rushing at Illinois ... rushed for 80 yards with scores of 49 and 2 yards against Michigan ... 15-yard fourth-quarter TD in the Fiesta Bowl ... offensive champion: Ohio, Southern Cal ... special teams dog tags: Ohio, Minnesota ... first-year letterman.
Ranked as the No. 7 recruit in Ohio and the No. 27 running back in the nation ... first-team All-Ohio as a senior ... timed at 4.55 seconds in the 40-yard dash ... led Harding to a 9-4 record and a berth in the regional semi-finals as a senior ... totaled for 1,434 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior ... rushed for over 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior, earning all-conference, all-district and honorable mention All-Ohio honors ... ran for 900 yards as a sophomore ... possesses great versatility and strength ... squats 550 pounds and has a 37-inch vertical jump ... was the fifth prospect in the 2007 signing class to commit to the Buckeyes ... is a tough between-the-tackles runner.
Born March 21, 1989 ... son of David Sr. and Brenda Herron ... has a brother, David Jr., and a sister, Christina ... brother played football at Michigan State ... plans to major in communication ... enjoys spending time with family, playing video games, eating and working out ... Nickname is "Boom."