Herring - the next A&M defensive coordinator?

Aggie Websider takes a look at the career of Arkansas defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Reggie Herring, who is also serving as interim head coach for the Razorbacks' upcoming game against Missouri. What type of defense has he run in the past? What does he bring to the table? Aggie Websider has this information and more.

Rumors about who will fill new head coach Mike Sherman's staff have been swirling ever since Sherman was named head coach on November 26. The latest name being mentioned for the defensive coordinator position is Arkansas defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Reggie Herring, who is also serving as interim head coach for the Razorbacks' in the Cotton Bowl against Missouri.

Most A&M football fans probably aren't too familiar with the high energy coordinator who is known as a fiery motivator and a top-tier recruiter as well.

During his playing days at Florida State, Herring was known as one of the "coaches on the field" and served as a captain in the Orange Bowl during his senior year. Many Florida State alums believed that he would return to coach at Florida State one day, but with Jimbo Fisher in line to succeed Bobby Bowden, that doesn't seem to be likely anytime soon.

Throughout his coaching career, Herring has run a 4-3 defense and likes to bring pressure, which would excite most fans of the Aggies famed "Wrecking Crew" defense. It's not likely that he would decide to change that philosophy unless the numbers just aren't there for the Aggies in 2008, or in the event that Sherman has a different scheme in mind.

But based on Sherman's comments at his introductory press conference, the coordinators will have plenty of input on what schemes the Aggies run.

Many believe that Herring would have joined Houston Nutt at Ole Miss, but he was jockeying for the head coaching gig at Arkansas while Nutt hired Tyrone Nix as defensive coordinator.

That could be good news for the Aggies though if they do indeed name Herring as defensive coordinator as he will come to Aggieland with something to prove and a slight chip on his shoulder, not to mention 25 years of college coaching experience and a two-year stint in the NFL as the Houston Texans' linebackers coach.

Aggie Websider will continue to monitor the hiring of a staff by Sherman and will bring the latest information to you as it happens in "The Tailgate," Aggie Websider's premium message board.


NOTES
• Herring served as linebackers coach under Pat Dye at Auburn from 1986-91. During that six-year span, the Tigers captured three SEC championships with five bowl appearances including two trips to the Sugar Bowl, and one each to the Citrus, Peach and Hall of Fame bowls.
• Herring spent eight seasons under head coaches Tommy West and Tommy Bowden at Clemson. From 1994-2001, he served as the linebackers coach. In 1997, he added the title of defensive coordinator. He coached NCAA leading tackler and Butkus Award finalist Keith Adams in 2000. He also was part of teams that played in seven bowl games — four in the Peach Bowl, two in the Gator and one in the Humanitarian.
• Before going to NC State, he served two seasons as the linebackers coach for the NFL's Houston Texans under head coach Dom Capers. In 2003, Texans' linebacker Jamie Sharper led the NFL with 164 tackles.
• In Herring's one season at North Carolina State, the Wolfpack led the nation in total defense, allowing just 221.36 yards per game after giving up 421 and ranking No. 89 the previous year. NCSU also led the nation in pass efficiency defense (91.77), was second in total pass defense (119), 13th in rushing defense (102.36) and 25th in scoring (19.82).
• Herring was named one of five finalists for the Broyles Award in 2005, given annually to the nation's top assistant coach. He was also named the Master Coach Survey National Defensive Coordinator of the Week following UA's decisive win over Tennessee, 31-14.




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