|High School:||Steilacoom HS '09|
2011: Listed as a starter at wide receiver on preseason depth chart. In four spring scrimmages, he caught eight passes for 99 yards and a touchdown.
2010: Herd played in all 15 games and received three starts -- all in the NCAA Championship Subdivision Playoffs -- after regular season starter Ashton Gant was injured late in the season. Herd had 13 of his 32 catches in the playoffs, good for 128 yards and a pair of scores. He received his first career start in the FCS Playoffs against Southeast Missouri State (12/4/10), and caught three passes for 28 yards with a 10-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter. Twice he had a career-high four receptions, including the final regular season game against Idaho State (11/20/10). He finished that game with 53 yards and his first career touchdown on a 31-yard pass from Bo Levi Mitchell. He also had four two games later in the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs against North Dakota State (12/11/10) and came up with a critical catch, as Eastern faced a daunting task with 2:29 left in the game and the Eagles stuck at their own 10-yard line. Despite struggling with five turnovers in the second half during a snowstorm and falling behind 31-24, the Eagles put together a 13-play, 90-yard drive to knot the game with 23 seconds to play. Eastern converted two fourth downs on the drive, including a 13-yard passing gain from Mitchell to Herd on a fourth-and-10 play. The completion on the short post pattern helped lead to the tying touchdown in the 38-31 overtime win. In the next playoff game against Villanova (12/17/10) and EWU clinging to a 34-31 lead with 1:11 left to play, the Eagles faced a fourth-and-five situation at the Wildcat 23-yard line. Instead of a field goal which would have given EWU a six-point lead, the Eagles gambled and converted, with Mitchell passing over the top of the Villanova defense for a touchdown strike to Herd. The late score helped Eastern advance to the FCS title game with a 41-31 victory as Mitchell tied the school record for single season touchdown passes with his 34th (he finished with 37). Herd capped his late-season surge with three catches for 32 yards in Eastern’s 20-19 come-from-behind victory over Delaware (1/7/11) in the title game in Frisco, Texas.
2009: Played in seven games as a reserve wide receiver and special teams player. He didn’t have any catches but had a 13-yard kickoff return.
HS: Graduated from Steilacoom HS in 2009. Selected to play in the 2A/1A/2B/1B East-West All-State Game. He passed for 134 yards and rushed 10 times for 70 more yards in a 31-13 victory for the West. He had a 27-yard touchdown pass and a 16-yard scoring run as he was selected as the West squad’s co-offensive MVP. Named by the Seattle Times as a “White Chip” selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. The Tacoma News Tribune and The Olympian selected him to their All-Area teams. In addition, he was listed as “others to watch” on Ron Siegel’s preseason All-State squad. He helped the Sentinels go unbeaten in the regular season and win the Nisqually Olympic League title. He had more than 2,500 all-purpose yards and 26 touchdowns. He rushed for 1,151 yards and 16 touchdowns while averaging more than 13 yards per carry. He also completed 36-of-80 passes for 706 yards and seven touchdowns. He was the league’s unanimous offensive MVP, a first-team all-league defensive back and a second-team all-league kick returner. He led the Sentinels to a perfect 10-0 record before they lost 38-21 to Burlington-Edison in the first round of the State 2A Playoffs. He also earned first-team All-Nisqually 2A League honors as a defensive back and quarterback as a junior, and as a defensive back as a sophomore. He averaged over 10 yards per rush as a junior when he finished with 883 yards on 83 carries with 13 touchdowns. He completed 30-of-71 passes for 462 yards and six scores for a team that finished 5-4. He finished his career with 3,680 rushing yards, 7,100 all-purpose yards, 66 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Personal: Born 2/15/91 in Tacoma, Wash. Business education major.
Year GP PC Hi Yds Apr Apg TD Lg
2009 7 0 -- 0 --- --- 0 --
2010 15 32 4 374 11.7 2.1 3 39
Tot. 22 32 4 374 11.7 1.5 3 39
Rushing: 2010/2-10-5.0-0 (long of 9)
Kickoff Returns: 2009/1-13-13.0-0; 2010/1-30-30.0-0; Totals/2-43-21.5-0 (long of 30).