Senior Tommy Herion has said all the right things in his first season as Loyola’s starting quarterback. Before he talks about himself, he first gives credit to his teammates and coaches.
But after Friday’s performance in the Ramblers’ 52-21 win over Fenwick at Triton College in River Grove, it was time for Herion to speak up. Even Loyola head coach John Holecek and Loyola offensive coordinator Tyler Vradenburg said it was his best game of the season.
Still, the 6-foot-1, 183-pound Herion was reluctant to pat himself too hard on the back.
“I thought I played within the offense, making the right reads and checks,” he said. “Everybody was in the right spots, and everybody just made plays. We didn’t make too many mistakes.”
Against the Friars, Herion went 20-for-23 for 239 yards and threw two touchdowns. Three receivers caught at least five passes, and Herion connected with five teammates that night. Not to be understated, Herion didn’t commit a turnover for the fifth game in a row.
For the season, Herion has completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 779 yards and has thrown six TDs. He’s gone 93 passes without an interception.
“Taking care of the ball is always stressed,” he said. “We especially don’t need to force things. That’s something we have proven. If we run our stuff the right way, it will work.”
Helping matters is that the game is slowing down for Herion, he said.
“It is getting easier to see what is going on with defenses,” he said. “Practice every week is huge because I see all the different looks from the different teams, and how our offense can attack certain defenses.”
One of the best reads Vradenburg said Herion made Friday was when he checked out of a pass play on Loyola’s second series. The decision led to senior Kyle Rock’s 16-yard TD run and a 10-7 Ramblers lead.
“They were backed out and in man-to-man coverage on our side with three receivers,” Herion said. “I knew our receivers could get those blocks, and our offensive line could handle the five in the box. I thought going to a run was the best way to attack the way they were set up.”
Herion, who transferred from Notre Dame before his junior year, said he learned a lot from 2016 graduate Emmett Clifford last season.
“He always seemed to know the best play to run,” Herion said. “He made everyone around him a better player.”
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