The Mack Herron Story: All American at Kansas State


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With or without his shoes on, Kansas State’s Mack Herron
is one of the Big Eight conference’s most exciting new faces.

            He stands only 5-feet-5 and weighs about 180 pounds but last Saturday Herron ran 99 yards with a kickoff for a touchdown-throwing a shoe and going the last 70 yards with just his sock. 

            He also scampered 77 yards from scrimmage for another touchdown, and tossed a 7-yard pass for a third score in K-State’s 34-19 victory over Virginia Tech.

            Herron wound up with 267 yards total offense including 78 on five rushes, 68 in pass receptions, 114 on kick-off returns and the 7-yard pass.

            For that performance, he has been named the Big Eight back of the week. 

            “Mack has a super day, an all-American day.”  Coach Vince Gibson of the Wildcats said.  “He did everything.  He was the winning edge.  He’s got great speed, and he uses it to maximum advantage.”

            Gibson had to laugh at Herron charging out of a wall of would be tacklers at the 25-yard line, leaving one shoe behind, and then dashing to the touchdown on the 99-yard kick-off return.  “I thought that was the prettiest sight in the world,” Gibson said.

            Herron took it in stride.  “I thought I had it once I pulled my foot out and saw that I had enough space to outrun them,” he said.  A native of Chicago, Herron played at Hutchinson, Kas., Junior college before transferring this year to Kansas State.  Others nominated for