Published on 11-11-2015 02:10 PM
Tom Herman could follow the career path of Urban Meyer. Or he could be another above average to good coach. History tells us the latter is more likely. Well, history was never my strong suit.
Although he was raised in California, Herman is among the long list of great college football coaches born in Ohio.
Herman polished his boots for eight years at Texas, Texas State, Sam Houston State, and Texas Lutheran before getting his first Division 1 offensive coordinator gig at Rice.
Rice University, 2007-2008
• From 2003 to 2006, Rice’s national scoring average was 52nd
• The year before Herman got to Rice, Todd Graham won 7 games and improved their scoring offense from 80th to 36th.
• In the year before Herman arrived at Rice, Chase Clement threw for 1,700 yards and 21 TDs. In the two years with Herman, he threw for 73 TDs and almost 7,500 yards.
• Tom Herman’s concluded his first year by improving their national scoring offense to 25th. In 2008, Rice’s scoring offense (41.3 PPG) surged to 8th in the country.
• Rice completed only 39% of third downs in 2007. The next year, Rice completed 51%, 7th in the country.
• Rice averaged 78 plays