By BEN JOHNSON
At 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, Steffon Herd will only be a redshirt freshman during NSU’s upcoming 2013 season. Herd, however, will be counted on for quite a bit of production in the RiverHawks’ offense at wide receiver. In his first on-field action for NSU, Herd hauled in three receptions for 39 yards for the White team during the RiverHawks’ spring game.
Who do you feel like you progressed throughout the spring?
This spring, I felt like I got a lot better. Even when I redshirted, going against the (No.) 1 defense, that got me so much better. And in the spring, all we did was a lot of foot work and a lot of concentration on catching the ball. I feel like I got a lot better.
How do you think NSU’s successful season last year running the ball will help the wide receivers this year?
It will open it up for everybody, really. The run game collaborates with the pass game, so if we can run it for eight or nine yards, why stop running it? Then we’ll go hit them over the top for one big one, or something like that.
Is being 6-4 an advantage or disadvantage for you at wide receiver?
It’s an advantage, but it’s also a disadvantage at times. The advantage is because I’m taller and they can throw the ball up to me, and I can go get it. But the disadvantage is when there are low balls — or something like that. Just coming out of my breaks and getting real low, that’s something I have to work on.
Is there any kind of rivalry between you (a Del City kid) and Tank Richmond, a Carl Albert guy?
No, we grew up together so it’s not a rivalry. When we’re on the field, it’s a rivalry. But when we’re off the field, we’re all good.
When you’re in the wide receiving huddle, who is the one talking the most?
Probably Cruz (Williams). He’s getting us all hyped and saying stuff like, ‘get your mind focused. This ain’t nothing; it’s easy. All we have to do is eat.’
You’re working two jobs this summer at Walmart and Sonic. When do you squeeze in your Sonic hours?
Probably like from 9:30-ish to one.
What do you do (at Sonic)?
I cook. Man, it’s so hard, because we could get like 30 orders at once. Some might want like 10 coneys and 10 burgers. I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh!’
What do you do at Walmart?
I’m a cashier. It’s so easy.
What’s your favorite thing about Tahlequah?
My favorite thing is the people around here. Everyone is nice and they’re always saying hi. I really haven’t met no mean person in Tahlequah.