By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
It’s only fitting that Josh Herman would expect the 2016 football Longhorns to keep on “trucking:” this year. The rising junior could be one of the “big rigs” on the defensive side and is expected to contribute in a lot of ways.
Herman is listed as a defensive back and wide receiver but he’s probably going to see more action opposite of the football and on special teams. He’s ready to embrace a starting role.
“I am hoping to start at defensive back,” said Herman. “I’ve got some speed and I like to hit plus I’m able to get to the football much quicker than I did last season. A lot of that is because of all the work that we’ve done in the weight room. I’m anxious to go up against the bigger boys. I want to prove that I can play at the varsity level.”
For Herman is all about getting that opportunity. He’s part of a talented junior class where expectations are high for the upcoming season.
“I think we can have a little better season that we did last year,” said Herman. “We’ve got a lot of team speed and we’re much stronger. These guys play with a lot of heart and I think that going to make a difference. Everybody here wants to win.”
Johnson County has been to four consecutive playoff games but has never hosted one at home. Herman hopes that’s about to change.
“Our goal is to go as far as we can,” added Herman. This bunch isn’t satisfied with just making it. We want to play a first round playoff game at home in front of our fans. It would bring the whole town together. It’s something that we talk about all the time. We want to make it become a reality.”
Herman and his teammates have played together for quite some time. They had a lot of success at the junior high level which he’s hoping will carry over.
“We all grew up playing together so all of us know what our strengths and weaknesses are,” added Herman. “We’ve all bonded in the offseason and now we’re ready to go all out for one another. We want to show people that all this hard work has paid off. We have confidence in all our coaches. We’ve known Coach (Don) Kerley since my freshman year and we’ve got close to him. We’re hoping all the hard work we’ve done in the off season will show up on the field.”