Feb. 1, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - With the NFL Draft approaching, several former Ohio University football players are working hard to prepare themselves for the chance of a lifetime. Recently, OhioBobcats.com had a chance to catch up with former Ohio offensive lineman Eric Herman as he prepares for the 2013 NFL Draft.
Q: Go into detail as to where you are preparing for the NFL Draft and what has the training schedule been like?
A: I am down in Pensacola, Florida. I get up every morning at 6:30 a.m., and six days a week I go to Athletic Performance. It's a two-regimen day with conditioning and lifting. In the morning I have breakfast at 7:00. After breakfast we do an agility course concentrating on speed and footwork. We then do a heavier lift on upper and lower body and eat lunch at 11:00 every day. Everything is formulated to my body type and the goals I have set for myself. We then have a breakdown period, and relax in the lounge. Around 1:00 p.m. we have another speed and agility training session. Depending on the day I'll either have a massage or a treatment. At that point, they pack our dinners for us, and we head back to our hotel.
Q: It sounds a lot like being at training camp again?
A: Yeah, it's pretty much like training camp, but there are palm trees and really great people - that's the only difference. Andrews's facility is one of the best in the world. They had in article in Forbes magazine just the other day, which talked about the facility. It's awesome here, and I could not have gone anywhere better.
Q: How did you learn about this training facility and who have you been training with over the past couple of weeks?
A: I found this place out through my agent. There are 24 of us; I think eight of them are at the Senior Bowl right now. Barkevious Mingo is down here, a Top 10 draft pick out of LSU - he is one of the 75 guys that came out early. South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore is here; he was the Gamecocks' top running back until he got injured. There are a lot of guys that are going to be top draft picks. The chemistry between the guys is amazing. Everything is top notch. My training is completely different, and my body is reacting to it well. All in all it is really crazy how much stuff we do.
Q: What is the biggest difference between training as a collegiate athlete to the professional level?
A: It really becomes a business. You are the CEO of your own company. You really have to invest in yourself a lot more. You are a lot more self-centered in your body, and you are trying to fine-tune everything. The adjustment is pretty different. It really is amazing. I would have to say right now I am lifting for a purpose, for a goal instead of a conglomerate of people working to maintain the same goals at the same time.
Q: What was it like to leave campus for good?
A: It has been rough. Even being here right now, I still feel like I'm going back to Athens after this. It's kind of rough. My girlfriend is still down there, and I miss her a lot. All my friends are there, and it is hard to communicate with everyone because I am so busy. It really is amazing. I feel blessed to have this opportunity and to work with the people that I am working with.
Q: Outside of the day-to-day training, what else has the Academy done to prepare you for life in the NFL?
A: They are preparing us very well. They are getting us ready for everything. They are teaching us everything. I've been to an eating etiquette class. We've done public relations and media relations. We work on proper ways to dress at certain occasions. It is insane; they are really hitting all the stops for us.
Q: Earlier this month, you were named to the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game along with former Bobcat Tremayne Scott. How are excited are you to see him?
A: I was so excited to hear that Tremayne got invited. His performance in the bowl game was phenomenal. It is going to be really nice to have another Bobcat on the field with me. I'm really looking forward to seeing him. I miss him, and I miss all my teammates.
Q: After that bowl win have you had a chance to sit back and take in all that you and your teammates accomplished?
A: It really is incredible what we've done, and what we're capable of doing in the future. I don't think it has hit me yet. I feel like it's going to hit me in 10 years when they call us back for homecoming to honor us. It was an accomplishment, and a goal, and we made it. It's a great feeling, but I don't think it has really hit me yet.
Q: When is the next time you will be back on campus?
A: I will be on campus for my pro day to do field work stuff.
Q: Have you talked to any of the coaches following the season?
A: Yeah, of course. I try to call somebody at least once a night on my drive home. I talked to Coach Solich the other day and I talked to Coach Lightner on his way back from Cincinnati.