Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Dan "Boom" Herron
(The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — Daniel Herron has quietly led the No. 11 Ohio State Buckeyes this season in both rushing yards and touchdowns.

The junior tailback from Warren — most commonly referred to as "Boom" — has rushed for 520 yards and 11 touchdowns for the 7-1 Buckeyes this season, and yet, when most people talk about Ohio State's impact players, his name almost never comes up in conversation.

That's certainly not the case in the Buckeyes locker room, as "Boom" is always front and center.

Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel said that Herron is the epitome of "impact player."

"We always talk about an impact player being someone that can just do their job, but they can raise everyone else up and we don't even know for what reason," Tressel said. "(Herron) just has a presence. We always talk about good leaders having what we call a sense of impending greatness — if you stick with me something great is going to happen. Boom has that. Boom has that presence."

Tressel said that Herron's work ethic and love of the game is very inspiring.

"I think in part because he practices (hard) every day and he's in class every day and he does everything you're supposed to do and he does it full speed ahead," Tressel said of Herron. "He loves contact, and this is a contact sport. So he just has that ability to lift everyone up."

He's also leading by example on the playing field.

During Saturday's 49-0 rout of Purdue, Herron set the tone early by running the football on all five plays of the opening series, totaling 45 yards and a touchdown. He also helped spark the offense in the second half of their loss at Wisconsin, by carrying the team to two scoring drives, before the Badgers pulled away in the final seven minutes of play.

"You can't (lead) if you're not doing your job well, and he happens to be doing his job," Tressel said of Herron. "You can be an electric guy and really someone that people want to follow, but they'll stop following you if you don't produce.

"And Boom Herron produces."

Corey Brown
(TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
PITTSBURGH BROWN OUT FOR SEASON ... Tressel announced on Tuesday that redshirt freshman defensive back, Corey Brown, will miss the remainder of the 2010 season after suffering a devastating left knee injury during Saturday's win against Purdue.

Tressel said during his Tuesday press conference at the Fawcett Center that Brown will miss all of spring practice, as well.

BRYANT STILL IN THE HOSPITAL ... Freshman defensive back Christian Bryant still remains hospitalized in Columbus with a foot infection.

Bryant missed the Purdue game because of the infection, and has spent more than a week at the OSU Medical Center, according to Tressel. Fortunately, he looks like he should be released any day now.

"Christian Bryant is still in the hospital," Tressel said Tuesday. "His foot's doing good. The effects of all the medications and so forth, still haven't released him yet. We hope here today or tomorrow, last I heard. But his foot's doing fine."

Tressel said that Bryant is most likely done for the rest of the regular season, but could be able to go in the Buckeyes bowl game.

Ross Homan
(TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
MORE INJURY UPDATES ... Tressel stated that linebackers Ross Homan (foot) and Dorian Bell (head) will not be ready to play this Saturday night at Minnesota, but could possibly return after the bye week against Penn State.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK ... Tailback Dan Herron was named the Buckeyes offensive player of the week for the second straight time, the team announced, while senior Cameron Heyward took the defensive honors.

Senior guard Bryant Browning was the Jim Parker offensive lineman of the week, Jake McQuaide took the special teams honor, while linebacker Andrew Sweat won both the Attack Force and Jack Tatum hit of the week awards.

Scout team awards: Marcus Hall (offense), David Durham (defense) and Chris Maxwell (special teams).