Herman Named Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach

By 11W Staff on December 9, 2011 at 4:36 pm

While it was reported yesterday that Tom Herman would be quarterbacks coach at Ohio State, apparently there will be a little more responsibility in store for the 36 year old coming from Iowa State. 

Ohio State just issued a release stating that Herman will also be offensive coordinator on Urban Meyer's staff and it appears the Buckeyes' head man is very excited about his new right hand man:

"Tom Herman has one of the bright young minds in college football. His philosophies are very similar to those of my own. I spoke to numerous colleagues about Tom and all had great things to say about him. I enjoyed our time together during the interview process and I am excited to have him on the staff."

Herman served the same role in his previous job for the Cyclones, whom he will still coach in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Rutgers on December 30 in Yankee Stadium. His offense is averaging 181.2 rushing yards and 211.7 passing yards per game this season, which included upset wins against Iowa and Oklahoma State .

He too, seemed excited about the opportunity to coach in Columbus, saying:

"To work with and for Coach Meyer is an exciting opportunity for me. I am really looking forward to working with him and learning about his offensive systems. And to be able to coach with him at The Ohio State University is simply a dream come true."

Before his three year stop in Ames, Herman was offensive coordinator at Rice from 2007-2008 and at Texas State from 2005-2006, wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator at Sam Houston State from 2001-2004, and was a graduate assistant at Texas from 1999-2000. 

Born in Cincinnati, Herman is known for his high-powered offenses that operate out of the spread. Coming back to his home state and getting to further develop his offensive mind under a great coach like Urban Meyer seems like a perfect fit for both the newly hired coach and the university. In Herman, Ohio State gets one of the smartest and innovative offensive minds in the college game and it should be interesting to see what he does with Braxton Miller and the other superb athletes on the Buckeyes' roster.

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