Tom Herman may have only been an offensive coordinator at Ohio State for one season, but the young coordinator is one of the rising stars in the coaching ranks and will be the next Urban Meyer assistant to run his own program sooner rather than later.
The resume speaks for itself: turning an offense which was No. 107 in total yards per game and No. 81 in points per game in 2011 into the Big Ten's highest-scoring offense with little change in personnel.
A good amount of the improvement has to do with the growth of Braxton Miller into a more confident, lethal quarterback under Herman's tutelage. His offense and Miller are a perfect fit, and it showed last year when Miller threw for over 2,000 yards and rushed for over 1,200.
But even though Miller is an impressive talent, Herman deserves a ton of credit for creating a scheme that allows him to maximize his skill.
Talking to him as BTN.com's Tom Dienhart did, Herman is far from satisfied.
Herman clearly knows that in order to be a successful offense year in and year out, it's about adapting what you have not only to your ever-changing personnel, but also to how other teams try to defend you.
Meyer is a relentless coach, and there's a lot of that that you see in Herman. He's a bluntly honest coach who is accountable for his own mistakes and always looks for self-improvement.
Herman has also proven to be an outstanding recruiter, being the chief recruiter for four of Ohio State's top signees for the class of 2013, including LB Mike Mitchell and RB Dontre Wilson.
His experience of coaching in the Plains and having to recruit players from Texas while at Iowa State is paying dividends, and is something he can bring in to wherever he coaches.
But Herman's biggest asset and the thing that should allow him to follow in Dan Mullen's and Charlie Strong's footsteps when it comes to Meyer assistants taking head coaching jobs is his intelligence.
Herman is a Mensa member and he is a very smart football coach. His ability to adjust his calls in game was very well done, and the design of the offensive scheme itself is effective.
It takes a good coach to turn a weak offense into a potent one in just one season.
Now with more adept skill players on offense, Herman's offense will be very scary for Big Ten teams to deal with, at least until some school hires him away from Columbus.
It's only a matter of time, but whichever school that gives Herman a shot as a head coach should feel very lucky that it did.
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