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Miami Hurricanes Football 2016 Player Profile: Christopher Herndon IV

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Christopher Herndon IV

Junior - TE - 6'4 255 - Norcross, Ga

2015 Statistics -  18 catches, 237 yards, 1 TD.

Excellent blocker who sometimes lines up at H-Back as well as fullback.  Shows strong, reliable hands as well.

Had an outstanding spring, capping it off with a big time TD in the Spring Game (6 catches, 76 yards total):

Summary: If David Njoku is the star in waiting at the position, Herndon is not far behind.  Does not quite possess the athleticism or speed of Njoku, but is further along as an inline blocker, and is a rugged and elusive runner after the catch. Herndon has nice hands, and as mentioned above, loves to punish would be tacklers after the catch.  He also has good enough size to be a weapon in the red zone.  If he shows the ability to be a good lead blocker, I am most intrigued with him lining up in classic I formations as a FB. In such sets, he can slip out of the back field and into the flat for big gains (remember how Najeh Davenport was used in the late 90's, early 2000's?) and also be a very reliable safety valve for Brad Kaaya.  Overall though, I expect him to line up a little bit of everywhere (TE, FB, H-Back, out  wide).   With Mark Richt likely running more pro style formations, his versatility will be extremely valuable.  20-30 catches and 3-4 TD's behind Njoku are very reasonable expectations for the junior to be.