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    Noah Herron
    Noah Herron

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Mattawan, Mich.

    High School:
    Mattawan

    Height / Weight:
    5-11 / 230

    Position:
    RB

    Birthdate:
    04/03/1982



    General: Closed career as NU's fifth all-time leading rusher (2,524 yards) ... Ranked fourth at time of graduation on NU's all-time rushing TD list (26) ... Scored 28 career TD's (two receiving TD's) ... 3,536 career all-purpose yards -- that ranked fifth all-time at NU in 2005 ... Scored 168 career points -- ninth most in NU history ... A versatile back who was the heir apparent to Jason Wright ... Like Wright, Herron was an excellent receiver, solid blocker and strong rusher ... His skills give the NU offensive coaches a lot of flexibility when designing and calling plays ... Possessed some of the best hands on the team ... Had great ability to find the crease and seams of a defense ... True, proven offensive leader ... Closed career with a 5.5 yards per carry career average -- the best ypc average of NU's top 10 all-time rushers ... Totaled 72 career receptions ... Became just the fourth player in NU history to total 2,500 career rushing yards and 500 receiving yards (finished with 2,524 rushing and 781 receiving yards) ... Totaled 10 career 100-yard rushing efforts, including six in 2004.

    2004: Consensus All-Big Ten selection .. Named to second-team All-Big Ten by coaches and media, and first-team by Collegefootballnews.com and Rivals.com ... Invited to play in the 2005 Senior Bowl ... Team Co-MVP ... Named the Big Ten's Back of the Year by the Chicago Tribune ... NU's leading rusher and third-leading receiver ... Second-leading rusher in Big Ten and 14th nationally with a 115.1 ypg average ... Finished with the fifth-best single-season rushing total (1,381) in school history ... Scored at least one TD in 10 games (tying single-season school mark) and at least one in seven of last eight games (all against Big Ten teams) ... Gave NU its eighth 1,000-yard rusher in the last 10 years when he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in the second half of the Penn State game ... Ranked sixth nationally among running backs in cbssportsline.com RB ranking -- a ranking that is computed on player statistics and strength of schedule ... Scored the Wildcats' game-winning touchdown in either overtime or the final seconds of the fourth quarter in NU's first four Big Ten wins ... Had three other games of 90 or more rushing yards ... Averaged 4.7 ypc or better in eight of 12 games ... Ran for 156 yards (6.8 ypc) and added 36 receiving yards at Michigan ... Scored a touchdown on a season-long 68-yard scamper ... Rushed for 82 yards and totaled 132 all-purpose yards vs. Purdue .. His 11th TD of the year (10th rushing TD) came with 38 seconds left to beat Purdue for the first time since 1996, 13-10 ... Registered a 109-yard rushing performance (5.7 ypc) at Wisconsin and became the first player to rush for more than 100 yards on the Badgers this year (first to do it since Iowa's Fred Russell did it in 2003) ... Scored a TD on a 14-yard scamper against the Badgers ... Also added 34 receiving yards ... Also turned in the best opposing rushing effort on Penn State with 175 yards (30 carries) ... Was knocked out of the Penn State game early with a slight concussion, but came back to run for 161 yards on 26 carries after the injury ... Tallied his game-winning TD vs. the Nittany Lions early in the fourth quarter ... Had a career-best rushing performance vs. Indiana: 197 yards (29 carries) and three TD's ... Also had 41 receiving yards (on a career-high five catches) for a career-best 238 all-purpose yards ... Totaled 125 all-purpose yards (113 rushing, his sixth career 100-yard game) and three touchdowns, including the game-winning OT score vs. Ohio State ... Registered a career-most 33 carries vs. the Buckeyes ... His first score of the game came on a 14-yard TD pass ... Scored on a 1-yard run in OT to give NU its first victory over OSU since 1971, and its first in Evanston since 1958 ... Suffered a mild concussion vs. Arizona State, but came back to be the game's leading rusher (85 yards) vs. Kansas ... Notched a 100-yard game (105 yards) vs. Arizona State ... Also scored a rushing TD of the year vs. the Sun Devils ... Averaged a game-best 7.1 ypc and totaled 78 rushing yards at Minnesota ... Also had 44 receiving yards on four catches vs. the Gophers ... Totaled 94 yards (on 28 carries) and scored a couple TD's in season-opener at TCU ... Had TD runs of 2 and 16 yards ... Also caught four passes for 39 yards vs. the Frogs ... Racked up 97 rushing yards, two touchdowns and 38 receiving yards vs. Illinois ... Totaled 125 all-purpose yards vs. Hawaii (90 rushing, 35 receiving) ... Ranked first on team with an all-purpose average of 144.3 ypg (second in Big Ten and 21st nationally).

    2003: NU's Thomas Airth Spirit Award recipient ... Registered four 100-yard rushing efforts ... Three of his four 100-yard games came in Big Ten play ... Averaged 69.5 ypg and 5.7 ypc in the eight Big Ten games -- the 10th-best rushing average in Big Ten-only statistics ... His 5.7 ypc average was the second-best in league-play behind Minnesota's Marion Barber III (5.9 ypc) ... Finished 11th in Big Ten rushing overall (56.8 ypg) ... NU's second-leading scorer (36 pts.) ... With Wright and Terrell Jordan ailing, came up with a season-best 180-yard rushing effort (35 carries) against Penn State ... Rushed for a previous career best (104 yards) vs. Wisconsin ... Averaged 9.5 yards per carry against the stout Badger defense ... One of his long runs was a 20-yard scamper off a fake field-goal attempt that set up NU's final touchdown of the day ... Also had three catches for 35 yards vs. Wisconsin ... Closed the regular season with a "quiet" 163 yards (9.6 ypc) against Illinois ... His effort, along with Wright's 251 rushing yards, was the top one-two rushing performance in school history ... Had one of his season's top games at Duke: four rushes for 100 yards, which included a 69-yard TD run ... Recorded his first career TD reception against Air Force--a 20-yard scoring play ... Also scored a rushing TD vs. the Falcons ... Set a single-game best with 67 receiving yards vs. Air Force ... 27 rushing yards and 4 receiving yards at OSU ... 20 rushing yards and 29 receiving yards vs. Minnesota ... Totaled 37 all-purpose yards at Indiana ... Had 36 rushing yards, 13 receiving yards and a rushing TD at Purdue ... Led team with 58 receiving yards (four catches) against Michigan ... Also had 15 rushing yards vs. U-M ... Ran for 80 yards (6.7 ypr) and two TD's vs. Bowling Green in the Motor City Bowl.

    2002: Second on team in rushing (30.4 ypg, 5.5 ypc) and rushing TDs (seven) ... Team's seventh-leading receiver with 15 receptions (12.3 ypr) ... Totaled a season- and game-high 54 receiving yards (three catches) vs. Purdue ... Added 17 rushing yards vs. the Boilermakers ... Had a season-best effort at Navy: 95 yards (16 att.) and three TDs ... Rushed for 7 yards at Air Force ... Totaled 9 yards vs. TCU ... 13 rushing yards and a 7-yard catch vs. Duke ... Four carries for 46 yards and a TD at Michigan State ... Averaged 9.7 ypc (on nine attempts) and scored two TDs at Minnesota ... Three receptions for 20 yards at Penn State ... Had 45 rushing yards and a career-long 33-yard catch vs. Indiana ... 50 rushing and receiving yards vs. Illinois.

    2001: Played in season's first eight games, mostly on special teams ... Did get to carry the ball in two games: Duke (2 for 28 yards) and Indiana (1 for 11 yards) ... With three games left in the season, suffered a stress fracture to his foot during practice ... Registered five special teams tackles.

    2000: Redshirted.

    High School: 15th-ranked running back in Midwest by PrepStar ... 56th-rated running back nationally by Rivals100.com ... Detroit Free Press Top 25 ... Associated Press all-state ... Three-time first-team all-conference ... As a senior, missed first three games with ankle injury but recovered to rush for 842 yards (8.3 yards per carry) and 19 TDs ... Also played linebacker, with 36 tackles and five blocked kicks ... For his career, ran for 5,544 yards and scored 92 TDs ... Team achieved 26-4 record during his tenure ... Averaged 20 ppg for the fourth-ranked basketball team in the state.

    Personal: Born Noah Scott Herron on 4/3/82 ... Son of Ron and Shawn Herron ... Communication studies major.

    Herron's Career Statistics

    RUSHING	       G	Att	Yds	TD	Lg	Avg/C	Avg/G
    2001	       8	3	39	0	25	13.0	4.9
    2002	      12	66	365	7	34	5.5	30.4
    2003	      13	119	739	5	69	6.2	56.8
    2004	      12	274	1381	14	68	5.0	115.1
    TOTALS	      45	462	2524	26	69	5.5	56.1
    

    RECEIVING G Rec Yds TD Lg Rec/G Avg/C Avg/G 2001 8 2 18 0 14 0.2 9.0 2.2 2002 12 15 184 0 33 1.2 12.3 15.3 2003 13 19 228 1 31 1.5 12.0 17.5 2004 12 36 351 1 35 3.0 9.8 29.2 TOTALS 45 72 781 2 35 1.6 10.8 17.4

    KICK RTNS G No. Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2001 8 6 103 0 22 17.2 12.9 2002 12 7 99 0 25 14.1 8.2 2003 13 3 29 0 14 9.7 2.2 2004 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 TOTALS 45 16 231 0 25 14.4 5.1

    ALL-PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G 2001 8 39 18 0 103 0 160 20.0 2002 12 365 184 0 99 0 648 54.0 2003 13 739 228 0 29 0 996 76.6 2004 12 1381 351 0 0 0 1732 144.3 TOTALS 45 2524 781 0 231 0 3536 78.6

    SCORING G TD Rush Pass Retn PAT 2PAT FG Total Avg/G 2001 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2002 12 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 42 3.5 2003 13 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 36 2.8 2004 12 15 14 1 0 0 0 0 90 7.5 TOTALS 45 28 26 2 0 0 0 0 168 3.7