Herron looks sharp following position switch

Herron looks sharp following position switch
2010-08-23T00:00:00Z 2010-08-23T08:14:38Z Herron looks sharp following position switchBy ERIC SCHMOLDT - Star-Tribune staff writer Casper Star-Tribune Online

Robert Herron produced the biggest play of the day.

Jonathan Aiken scored the lone touchdown during the scored portion of Wyoming's third scrimmage.

The Cowboys' new offensive weapons haven't leap-frogged the returning veterans, but UW's two newest scholarship players proved they are on their way to making an impact during the team's penultimate scrimmage of fall camp.

"They provide a skill set that we don't have," UW quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels said. "They have certain characteristics about them that we don't have on this team. Just like David [Leonard] has some things that are different than all the other receivers, these two [guys] have different things than the other guys.

"It's awesome because a lot of teams have a lot of different weapons … and that's what makes them successful."

Those skill sets are about as opposite as they get.

Herron stands just 5-foot-10 and weighs just 180 pounds, but his speed and athleticism have the Cowboys coaching staff searching for a variety of ways to get him the ball.

Saturday was the first scrimmage that Herron worked as a running back and he took advantage of it, running four times for 17 yards and catching one pass for 31 receiving yards.

"This was my first scrimmage playing running back and after that first hit, I woke up and was like 'This is really D-I football out here," said Herron, who wasn't signed to a scholarship until he came into fall camp. "I think I can help the team a lot, so wherever I am I'm going to do the best to help the team."

Herron's -- and UW's -- biggest play came on a screen pass from Carta-Samuels in which Herron caught the pass and scampered 27 yards down the left sideline to set up a touchdown.

And in another showing of how the Pokes are hoping to get the ball in Herron's hands, his other four receiving yards came on a hook-and-ladder play in which he took a pitch from Leonard on the first play from scrimmage for the No. 1 offense.

"He's a deer in the headlights [at running back], but he's very excited," Carta-Samuels said. "He's working really hard and working up the depth chart. I think he's definitely going to get in the mix."

Aiken very likely will be as well.

The junior college transfer wasn't on scholarship until about 10 days ago, but is a big target at 6-foot-3, 208 pounds and has shown the ability to stretch the field.

Aiken also showed how far his connection with Carta-Samuels has come in a matter of weeks when he caught an 11-yard touchdown pass.

"The safety crashed down, so I knew that Austyn was going to come to me on the play and all I had to do was beat my guy, go over the top and make the catch," Aiken said. "We're coming along fast because we're working together. He's telling me that he wants to get me the ball … and wants me to big plays for him."

He and Herron accomplished that mission on Saturday.

Contact sports reporter Eric Schmoldt at eric.schmoldt@trib.com. Check out his blog at tribtown.trib.com/ESchmoldt/blog

 

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