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Colts Sign RB Daniel Herron and LB Andy Studebaker

According to both Mike Wells of ESPN as well as Pro Football Talk, the Colts have filled their two vacant roster spots this morning, signing Cincinnati practice squad RB Daniel Herron (5-10, 212, 24 yrs. old) and free agent LB Andy Studebaker (6-3, 248, 28 yrs. old). 

Yesterday afternoon, they released FB Robert Hughes and placed RB Ahmad Bradshaw on injured reserve, leaving them with just two healthy running backs and FB Stanley Havili.

Daniel Herron’s nickname at Ohio State was “Boom,” which makes it sound like the 2012 6th round pick could fit right in with the type of runners Grigson and Pagano prefer.  According to his Bengals profile, Boom started 22 if 41 games, rushed 589 times for 2869 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 4.9 per carry, and caught 44 passes for 309 yards at (the) Ohio State.  His best season was 2011, when he ran 134 times for 675 yards, 5 ypc, and 96.4 per game. 

Correction on Herron's college stats: His best season was his junior year, where he ran for 1,155 yards and 16 TD's.  He missed the first five games of his senior season (2011) for selling parts of his games jerseys, according to his CBS Sports Draft profile.  Despite the missed games, Herron's teammates voted him the team MVP in 2011 (PFW). 

– MD

Studebaker was originally a 6th round pick by the Eagles out of Wheaton College in 2008 and has spent most of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs, where fans liked to call him “The Student Baker,” I wouldn’t make this up.   

The veteran backup linebacker and special teamer has played in 70 NFL games and has 83 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 2 passes defensed for his career. 

There isn’t much out there for scouting a 28 year old backup linebacker, but suffice to say, he’s stuck in the league since 2008 and ought to have something to offer, at least on special teams. 

For our new running back, “Boom,” here is a video of him at (the) Ohio State from (the) YouTube:

If you want a more promising look at Herron, here's a link to his 40-yard TD against Tennessee (possibly in the preseason). 

More Dan Herron:


As for Studebaker, here's a 2008 interview with him when he was a DE coming out of Wheaton College:

How about those highlights?  Apparently, they film certain D III games with a flip phone or an old bank security camera.  Anyway, it's kinda cool seeing a regular guy who happened to play small college football wind up having a decent NFL career. 

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