Herring Appreciative, Excited for Senior Day

In just two days Arizona State senior running back Keegan Herring will play his final home game at Sun Devil Stadium. Following Tuesday's practice he talked about the emotions that come along with senior day.

"I'm just going to try to give the fans what they want, a big bang," exclaimed Herring. "It's my last day on the field so I guarantee I'm going to cry on the field but at the same time I'm going to leave something on the field for the fans that were with me for my four years here down in Phoenix and I do appreciate my fans for that."

For Herring, his four years at Arizona State were certainly memorable. He made an immediate impact as a freshman carrying the ball 158 times for 870 yards and six touchdowns. His role with the 2007 team that recorded ten wins can not be understated and just about every Sun Devil fan has an image of Herring with an ear-to-ear grin being carried around on the field after the homecoming victory over Cal.

But despite all the great on field memories Herring says the challenges he and his family faced off the field and the subsequent adversity he had to deal with is what he will remember most.

"I think when my family helped me when I was going through something during my lifetime," recalled Herring, "and all my family members came up to me and gave me hugs, talked to me every time I was feeling down. I think that will be my biggest, biggest memory down here with ASU football."

Anyone who has ever experienced an ASU football practice or watched the team in pre-game activities knows that Herring is a vocal leader and it's obvious that he brings the team together with his positive energy and enthusiasm. The running back says that the closeness and camaraderie he has experienced will not be forgotten

"We were most definitely (a family)," noted Herring. "The things that we do down here, we always make sure it's together. Whoever is down we always make sure we pick them up and that's what my teammates did last year and I do appreciate that."

Although it is easy to get caught up in the fact that his senior season and college career are coming to an end the speedy tailback knows that there is still work left to be done and is focused on winning the team's final two games.

The Sun Devils first take on the UCLA Bruins in Tempe this Friday and will then travel to Tucson the following Saturday to play rival Arizona. The team must win both games to become bowl eligible at 6-6 mark.

"It's most definitely a two-game playoff. We got UCLA at home, the big home game and we have to go down to I think the Wildcats, Kittycats, or something like that. I don't even know," Joked Herring. "But at the same time it definitely is a two way go right now. We just have to win these two out and go ahead and go to a bowl game."

There has been a noticeable change of attitude the last couple of weeks since the team ended their horrific six-game losing streak and started to play to their abilities again. Now after defeating both Washington schools in consecutive weeks the Sun Devils appear to be exuding confidence.

"I think we've taken some momentum into this game (against UCLA) because we've won two in a row," claimed Herring, "and I think we'll keep with the momentum and UCLA is going to have a hard time stopping us."


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