A mainstay on the defensive front for the Herd in 2014, when he started every game at nose tackle … Had first career interception – with a 27-yard return – in win at FIU (Oct. 18) … Enters season with 18 career starts.
R-JUNIOR SEASON (2014): In 14 starts at nose tackle with 461 snaps in the Herd’s 10-man rotation up front, made 30 tackles (14 solos, 16 assists), including five tackles for loss and one sack (Western Kentucky loss). Also had four QB hurries … His interception and 27-yard return on the first play of fourth quarter at FIU set up Herd’s TD pass (Rakeem Cato-to-Devon Johnson) on next play … Had only interception by a Herd lineman for the season … Had season-high four tackles in three games (Rhode Island, FIU, Florida Atlantic) … The four at FIU were all solos, to go with his pick.
R-SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013): Made four starts at nose as backup to senior Brandon Sparrow … Played in all 14 games … Made 24 tackles (six solos, 18 assists), including 3.5 tackles for loss. Had five QB hurries … Top performance came in Herd’s 34-31 loss at Ohio, when he had nine tackles, including four solos … Made three tackles in loss at Virginia Tech and victory over UAB.
R-FRESHMAN SEASON (2012): Appeared in 11 games (missed Southern Miss), all as a backup .. Made nine tackles (three solo, six assists), including two against Ohio, Purdue and UAB ... Had a sack against UAB (Nov 10).
FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Redshirted to retain eligibility.
HERD FILE: Born Sept. 1, 1992 … Majoring in Management at MU … Starred for powerhouse program at Valdosta High School … A three-year starter for Wildcats, he joined former Valdosta teammate – All-State linebacker Jermaine Holmes (2014 Herd senior) -- at MU … As senior defensive end and tackle, recorded 52 tackles, 11 sacks, five tackles for loss, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery … Had four sacks in win against eventual 2010 state runner-up Colquitt County … Was a Border Wars All-Star Game selection and picked all-region first team … A Rivals three-star prospect, was rated the No. 53 strongside end prospect in nation … Herd linebacker Frankie Hernandez in his cousin.