Vandy tops list of Midstate 2,000-yard rusher

After a spectacular junior season which saw him rush for over 2,000 yards, Greenbrier, Tenn. running back <b>Roger Herndon</b> is receiving interest from a number of colleges across the South. But the 5-11, 185-pounder currently favors a school close to home.

Greenbrier, Tennessee's Roger Herndon started for two years at quarterback and defensive back for Greenbrier High School. For his junior year he was asked to move to running back-- and it turned out to be a winning move for all concerned.

Herndon turned in a spectacular year, picking up 2,142 yards on 288 carries with 31 touchdowns. He also added 10 catches for 114 yards and 3 more touchdowns. Perhaps the most impressive statistic of all? ZERO fumbles.

For his efforts as a junior, Herndon was named a finalist for the Mr. Football Back of the Year in Class 3A. Here are a few more of the many honors he received:

First Team All State – Tennessee Sports Writers Association
First Team All Mid-State – Tennessean
Region 5-3A Player of the Year
Robertson County Times Player of the Year
Honorable Mention - All State – Tennessee Football Coaches Association
Titans Coach Jeff Fisher Show Player of the Week
Greenbrier High Offensive MVP

Recruiting is heating up for Herndon, who is hearing from Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Auburn, Ole Miss and Tennessee Tech. Herndon attended the Vanderbilt spring game on March 20.

"I'm most interested in Vanderbilt," Herndon said. "They have shown the most interest in me, and their academics are extremely attractive to me. They're also close to home. Others are just on a wait-and-see basis."

Herndon plans to attend both the 7-on-7 and the individual camps at Vanderbilt, as well as the All-Position and Senior Camps at Tennessee. "We may try to add one more before June, possibly Ole Miss," he adds.

Herndon was timed at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard-dash at last year's Vanderbilt camp.

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