1 Daniel “Boom” Herron

Daniel "Boom" Herron Ohio State
usaUnited States
Warren, OH
High School
Past Teams
Ohio State
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Post-OSU Update: Dan Herron was a sixth round pick (191st overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He played 35 NFL games across four seasons (and three teams). Herron finished his NFL career with 468 yards rushing (4.2 YPC) and 31 catches for 277 yards (8.9 YPC). (updated: Aug. 2023)

Jersey #: 1 (2008-11), 2 (2007)

Major: African-American Studies (2011), Communication (2008-10)

Weight: 205 (2011), 202 (2010), 193 (2008), 200 (2007)

2011 Media Guide: Talented tailback who will again be one of the Buckeyes’ assets at that position this season … possesses great versatility and strength … a tough between-the-tackles runner … 17 career starts … 2,194 career rushing yards … 30 career scores …will miss the first five games of the season with an NCAA suspension.

2010: Emerged as the feature tailback from the Buckeyes’ tandem of starters … first team all-Big Ten … 1,155 yards rushing for the season … has scored a TD in 12 straight games … Doak Walker Award preseason watch list … 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 … first career 100-yard game came at Minnesota, with 114 yards on 17 carries with a 10-yard TD, all in the first 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 game winner at Iowa … 175 yards rushing on 22 carries vs. Michigan … included in that was a penalty-shortened 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 … third-year letterman.

2010 Media Guide: Talented tailback who will again be one of the Buckeyes’ assets at that position … possesses great versatility and strength … a tough between-the-tackles runner … 1,039 career rushing yards … has 13 career TDs.

2009: 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.

2008: 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.

2008 Media Guide: Talented tailback who will get his first chance to compete this season … possesses great versatility and strength.

2007: Did not see varsity action for the Big Ten champions … scout team workhorse: Youngstown State, Washington, Michigan State, Michigan.

2007 Media Guide: 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 pound 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.

Personal: 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” … favorite American from history is Michael Jordan.


SeasonTeamGGSRush AttRush YdsRush AvgRush TDTgtRecRec YdsRec AvgRec TDLng2 Pt ConvFumLostKRKR YdsKR AvgKR TD
2008Ohio State11NA894394.96NA6294.80490NANA47318.20
2009Ohio State10NA1536003.97NA11666.01530NANA24422.00
2010Ohio State1313NA21611555.316NA191809.50890NANA0000
2011Ohio State7NA1346755.03NA8344.20570NANA0000