August 22, 2011

Herman Anxious to Start

With high school training camps underway all over the state, many of the Houston Cougar commits have begun to take the field in preparation for the coming season.
CougarsDen continues to catch up with commitments, today we talked with Needville (Texas) offensive lineman Blake Herman who is a solid commitment to the Houston Cougars.

In 2010 the Bluejays finished the season 6-4, with a first round loss in the Texas State Playoffs to the Mathis Pirates.

"We had a real good team last year," the 6-foot-7, 290-pound offensive lineman said. "We kind of got bit by the injury bug though, we had about ten guys get injured, kind of slowed us down a little bit. We weren't able to make it deep into the playoffs but we were good."

Camp has been under way for a few weeks now in Needville as the team prepares for the coming season.

"With our new head coach, everything kind of got switched up," the Rivals two-star lineman said. "It's a whole new learning experience; it's a different type of offense and a different type of defense. We have a young team this year, because we lost a lot of guys, but we're doing alright, we're getting a lot better."

Herman and the Bluejays hope to make it to the playoffs once again this season but would prefer to stick around a little longer and avoid a repeat of last season's early exit.

"Me personally I want to make it to the playoffs," the talented lineman said. "As the team Captain that's what I want to do, I want to go to the playoffs and have our team make it deep into the playoffs."

Herman also doubles as the Bluejays starting center on the basketball court, once his season is over he'll turn his attention to the court again but when he gets to Houston he will likely stick to just football.

"I've been playing basketball since the eighth grade," he said. "The coaches saw me, I was about 6-foot-5, 300-pounds in the eighth grade and they asked me where I have been their whole lives, so I joined the team and played big-man down low."

Herman is looking forward to the coming season, but is also anxious about starting his college career as well.

"After football season is over, I'll be a little heartbroken because it's my last season," Herman added. "But I also can't wait to start college at Houston and be a part of this program and start a new chapter in my life."

Herman and his teammates travel to Edna Friday to start their season off against fellow offensive line commit Mac Long.

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