2014 Herring showed versatility playing among the linebacking corps and secondary in team's new 3-4 defensive scheme... Participated in all 12 games, earning 11 starts... Earned eight starting assignments at inside linebacker and three starts at nickel back... Finished the season with 23 solo tackles, 45 total tackles and 3.5 quarterback sacks... Ranks as the team's active career leader with 162 total tackles and 89 solo stops... Posted at least two tackles in every game... Season high tackle totals (8) came against SEC foes Ole Miss and Kentucky.
2013 Ranked among Commodores' top defensive performers as a first-year starting sophomore... Started every game at OLB, finishing the regular season ranked second on team with 84 total tackles and 11 passes defended, and third with 47 solo tackles... Also registered an interception and one QB sack... Herring was extremely consistent, contributing at least five tackles in 11 of 12 games... Set career high with 10 total tackles in win over Georgia... In other SEC games, added nine tackles at South Carolina and at Texas A&M, and eight stops vs. Missouri... Posted 8-yard sack among five solo tackles in opener vs. Ole Miss... Interception came in win over UAB... Posted four tackles, including 1.5 stops resulting in lost yards, in Vanderbilt's 41-24 victory over Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
2012 One of four true freshmen to see action for the Commodores... Minutes increased as the season endured as Herring moved into key reserve role at linebacker... Played in all 13 games... Finished the year with 33 total tackles and 19 solo tackles... Also contributed a tackle for loss and two forced fumble... Played well in Music City Bowl victory, registering three tackles and a forced fumble... Enjoyed superb game in victory over Massachusetts, contributing seven tackles, a forced fumble and an interception that he returned 40 yards... One of two mid-term enrollees in 2012 recruiting class.
High School Senior captain... Two-year starting LB for one of Atlanta's top public schools... As senior, contributed 65 solo tackles, 109 total tackles, 19 tackles for loss, five QB sacks, four forced fumbles and an INT for 9-2 Jaguars team that reached AAAAA state playoffs... Earned team MVP and All-Region honors as senior... As junior, posted 52 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles at Stephenson after transferring from Martin Luther King H.S. following sophomore campaign... Four-star prospect by ESPN... Three-star prospect by Rivals and Scout.
Personal Darreon Franz Herring... Son of Sheldon and Jennifer Herring... Born Nov. 23, 1993... One of four siblings: two older brothers, Dominique and Dameon; and one sister, Destiny... One brother, Dameon, plays football at Tusculum (Tenn.) University... Attended same high school as Vanderbilt outside linebacker Jonathan Wynn and running back Dallas Rivers... Video game enthusiast... Selected Vanderbilt over Arkansas, South Carolina, Miami (Fla.), Clemson, Stanford, Nebraska and West Virginia among others.
Career Highs Solo Tackles: 5 (3x), most recently at Florida, 11/9/2013 Total Tackles: 10, vs. Georgia, 10/19/2013 Passes Defended: 3 (2x), most recently at Texas A&M, 10/26/2013