Brian Herrien Key for UGA
By BJ Bennett
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Working towards Georgia's annual "G-Day Game", Brian Herrien has had an active month and is ready for even more production in year two.
Georgia's backfield is the best in college football. Nick Chubb is poised to potentially finish as one of the top five rushers in SEC history and Sony Michel is already in the Bulldogs' all-time top ten. The depth chart, top-to-bottom, has multiple front-line starters. Last fall to this spring, sophomore Brian Herrien is finding a role.
Fittingly, Herrien ran for a 19-yard touchdown on his very first college carry; the score, for the metro Atlanta-native, came against nationally-ranked North Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the Georgia Dome. Herrien burst onto the scene, coming through with some big plays for his team through the opening month of the season. Early in Georgia's schedule, in contests against the Tar Heels, Nicholls State, Ole Miss and Tennessee, Herrien ran 50 times for 340 yards and three touchdowns.
Though a 45-14 week three loss to the Rebels was a clear disappointment, Herrien continued to make the most of his opportunities. He led the Bulldogs with 78 yards rushing, scoring Georgia's only two touchdowns of the afternoon in Oxford. Herrien, at that point, had the Bulldogs' first multi-score rushing performance in a conference game since Chubb in September of 2015. Through the first half of last year, Herrien had more touchdowns than Leonard Fournette.
Herrien finished the season as the third-leading rusher for Georgia and with key confidence and momentum following an impressive debut. Through spring camp, he has furthered that progression.
"I'd say Brian Herrien was a guy that we were gonna get the ball to and find out what he could do in scrimmage situations and he did pretty well," explained head coach Kirby Smart after the Bulldogs' initial intra-squad clash. "He ran the ball really hard, had a couple of long, explosive runs. He's a tough, competitive guy, but if I had to say that somebody stood out, I'd say that he did."
Working towards Georgia's annual "G-Day Game" on April 22nd, Herrien has had an active month of practices and is ready for even more production in year two. He is an important part of a running back rotation that will be used a variety of different ways by offensive coordinator Jim Chaney. In addition to Chubb, Michel, Elijah Holyfield and incoming blue-chip recruit De'Andre Swift, Herrien is a unique talent.
The backfield, for the Bulldogs, features remarkable balance and skill. Look for Herrien, as he did the first time he touched the ball for Georgia, to continue to make plays.