3 - Greg Herd
Greg Herd
Height: 6-3
Weight: 200
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Tacoma, Wash.
High School: Steilacoom HS '09
Position: WR
Experience: 3L

*** Honors Candidate ***

Career: Herd has 99 receptions for 1,396 yards and 10 touchdowns in his career, and is nearing Eastern’s all-time lists in all three categories. The wide receiver trio of Herd, Nicholas Edwards and Brandon Kaufman have combined for 99 games worth of experience (69 starts), and have collective totals of 405 catches for 5,475 yards and 56 touchdowns. All three players have earned All-America honors and have a 1,000-yard receiving season to their credit. Herd and Edwards were once teammates on a league championship youth football team in Tacoma, Wash. Edwards was in fourth grade and played wide receiver for the team, and Herd was in third grade. Amazingly, considering that he eventually became a quarterback and wide receiver in later years, Herd played right guard on the squad.

2012: Has been named as a second team preseason All-American by Beyond Sports College Network. He is ranked No. 13 among all FCS wide receivers by Phil Steele’s FCS College Football Preview (Nicholas Edwards is No. 2 and Brandon Kaufman is No. 6). College Football Performance Awards selected Edwards and Herd as two of the top 38 returning wide receivers in FCS in 2012. Phil Steele also lists him as a second team preseason All-Big Sky selection. Listed as a starter at wide receiver on preseason depth chart. He may also return kickoffs for the Eagles. In four spring scrimmages, he caught seven passes for 171 yards and a touchdown, and also scored on a 25-yard run.

2011: Herd earned Beyond Sports College Network honorable mention All-America recognition, as well as second team All-Big Sky Conference honors. Thanks to a 42-yard reception on EWU’s final scoring drive of the season against Idaho State (11/19/11), Herd finished with over 1,000 yards for the season. He started six games, and finished the year with 67 catches (ninth-best all-time at Eastern) for 1,022 yards (11th) and seven touchdowns. Herd finished the season ranked 15th in FCS in receptions per game (6.1) and 14th in receiving yards per game (92.9). A quarterback in high school, Herd attempted and completed the first pass of his Eastern career when the Eagles needed it the most – in the second overtime in EWU’s 53-51 victory over Cal Poly (11/12/11). After running two reverses earlier in the game, he looked to be running a third time when he pulled up and hit a wide-open Nicholas Edwards for a 25-yard score and send the game into a third overtime. On the next play, he gathered in a go-ahead 25-yard TD pass from Bo Levi Mitchell, and the Eagles went on to the two-point victory. Herd had six performances of at least six catches in 2011. Versus Portland State (10/29/11), Herd had five receptions for 196 yards, which ranks sixth in school history -- just two spots ahead of the 192 yards Edwards had a week earlier versus Sacramento State. Herd’s yardage included a 96-yard pass play from Mitchell, and was sprung by a key block downfield by Edwards. It was the second-longest pass play in school history, ranking behind the record of 99 on a pass from quarterback Todd Bernett to Jason Anderson against Montana on Sept. 17, 1994. Herd also had receptions of 49 and 41 yards versus the Vikings as he earned Beyond Sports College Network FCS Player of the Week accolades. In Eastern’s season opener against Washington (9/3/11), Herd had seven catches for 87 yards and a TD. His performance helped Eastern to a dominating 504-250 advantage in total offense in the 30-27 loss as he was one of four Eastern receivers to record career highs for receptions and yards in the game. Later in the year, Herd caught 11 passes (12th-most in school history) for 159 yards (31st-most all-time at EWU) versus Northern Colorado (10/15/11). He also had a 100-yard receiving performance against Northern Arizona (10/8/11) with seven catches for 112 yards and a touchdown. He was the team’s offensive player of the week for his performances against both NAU and UNC. He earned honorable mention nationally by the College Football Performance Awards for his performances against PSU and UNC.

2010: Herd played in all 15 games and received three starts -- all in the NCAA Championship Subdivision Playoffs -- after regular season starter Ashton Gant was injured late in the season. Herd had 13 of his 32 catches in the playoffs, good for 128 yards and a pair of scores. He received his first career start in the FCS Playoffs against Southeast Missouri State (12/4/10), and caught three passes for 28 yards with a 10-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter. Twice he had a season-high four receptions, including the final regular season game against Idaho State (11/20/10). He finished that game with 53 yards and his first career touchdown on a 31-yard pass from Bo Levi Mitchell. He also had four two games later in the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs against North Dakota State (12/11/10) and came up with a critical catch, as Eastern faced a daunting task with 2:29 left in the game and the Eagles stuck at their own 10-yard line. Despite struggling with five turnovers in the second half during a snowstorm and falling behind 31-24, the Eagles put together a 13-play, 90-yard drive to knot the game with 23 seconds to play. Eastern converted two fourth downs on the drive, including a 13-yard passing gain from Mitchell to Herd on a fourth-and-10 play. The completion on the short post pattern helped lead to the tying touchdown in the 38-31 overtime win. In the next playoff game against Villanova (12/17/10) and EWU clinging to a 34-31 lead with 1:11 left to play, the Eagles faced a fourth-and-five situation at the Wildcat 23-yard line. Instead of a field goal which would have given EWU a six-point lead, the Eagles gambled and converted, with Mitchell passing over the top of the Villanova defense for a touchdown strike to Herd. The late score helped Eastern advance to the FCS title game with a 41-31 victory as Mitchell tied the school record for single season touchdown passes with his 34th (he finished with 37). Herd capped his late-season surge with three catches for 32 yards in Eastern’s 20-19 come-from-behind victory over Delaware (1/7/11) in the title game in Frisco, Texas.

2009: Played in seven games as a reserve wide receiver and special teams player. He didn’t have any catches but had a 13-yard kickoff return.

HS: Graduated from Steilacoom HS in 2009. Selected to play in the 2A/1A/2B/1B East-West All-State Game. He passed for 134 yards and rushed 10 times for 70 more yards in a 31-13 victory for the West. He had a 27-yard touchdown pass and a 16-yard scoring run as he was selected as the West squad’s co-offensive MVP. Named by the Seattle Times as a “White Chip” selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. The Tacoma News Tribune and The Olympian selected him to their All-Area teams. In addition, he was listed as “others to watch” on Ron Siegel’s preseason All-State squad. He helped the Sentinels go unbeaten in the regular season and win the Nisqually Olympic League title. He had more than 2,500 all-purpose yards and 26 touchdowns. He rushed for 1,151 yards and 16 touchdowns while averaging more than 13 yards per carry. He also completed 36-of-80 passes for 706 yards and seven touchdowns. He was the league’s unanimous offensive MVP, a first team all-league defensive back and a second team all-league kick returner. He led the Sentinels to a perfect 10-0 record before they lost 38-21 to Burlington-Edison in the first round of the State 2A Playoffs. He also earned first team All-Nisqually 2A League honors as a defensive back and quarterback as a junior, and as a defensive back as a sophomore. He averaged over 10 yards per rush as a junior when he finished with 883 yards on 83 carries with 13 touchdowns. He completed 30-of-71 passes for 462 yards and six scores for a team that finished 5-4. He finished his career with 3,680 rushing yards, 7,100 all-purpose yards, 66 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

Personal: Health and fitness major. Born 2/15/91 in Tacoma, Wash.

 

Year

GP

PC

Hi

Yds

Apr

Apg

TD

Lg

2009

7

0

--

0

---

---

0

--

2010

15

32

4

374

11.7

2.1

3

39

2011

11

67

11

1022

15.3

6.1

7

96t

Totals

33

99

11

1396

14.1

3.0

10

96t

 

Rushing: 2010/2-10-5.0-0 (long of 9); 2011/2-35-17.5-0 (long of 29); Totals 4-45-11.2-0 (long of 29).

Kickoff Returns: 2009/1-13-13.0-0; 2010/1-30-30.0-0; 2011/11-227-20.6-0 (long of 26); Totals/13-270-20.8-0 (long of 30).

 

Top Receiving Performances

11 receptions (#11 in EWU history), 159 yards (#31), 1 TD - Northern Colo. - 10/15/11

7 receptions, 112 yards, 1 TD - Northern Arizona - 10/8/11

7 receptions, 87 yards, 1 TD - Washington - 9/3/11

6 receptions, 196 yards (#6), 3 TD - Portland State - 10/29/11

6 receptions, 88 yards, 0 TD - Idaho State - 11/19/11

6 receptions, 60 yards, 0 TD - Montana - 9/17/11

 
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