His Feb. 1 surgery followed by a six month recovery had him ready just in time for fall camp, and though he may have been a bit apprehensive day one, Herrold looked confident and said he felt good Friday after getting back into the swing of things.
"The first day I was a little timid, just because it was the first day of doing live contact," Herrold said. "Today felt a lot better. I was more confident, and moving better and everything, and the pain is gone."
A redshirt junior out of Ozark, Mo., Herrold has been an asset to the Red Wolves defense since the '09 season. Last year Herrold played in every game, starting in nine of them and recording 78 tackles.
Herrold said he has high expectations for the performance of himself and the rest of the Arkansas State defense this season.
"The defense looks great this year. It's quick with the new scheme and everything."
And the man who brought the new scheme has won the respect and admiration of his players. Arkansas State's new defensive coordinator Dave Wommack brings experience and knowledge that his players are excited about, including Herrold.
"He knows so much about defense. I can't wait until we get into the season and he starts putting the game plan together and stuff like that," Herrold said.
Six months of knee rehab and a brand new defensive system to learn isn't holding him back from anything. A healthy Nathan Herrold stood confidently as he gave his final remarks on what he expects out of this football season.
"I'm very excited. Ready to get a ring."
First year head coach Hugh Freeze is excited to have Herrold back and ready to go.
"He played a major role on our defense last fall and we expect big things from him this season," Freeze said. "He is a leader on this team and it's great he is back healthy and ready to go for fall camp."
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