Michael Herzog

Michael Herzog, RB

  • Ht: 5’9″
  • Wt: 200 lbs.
  • Hometown:
    Windsor, Ontario
  • Born: March 23, 2000

Scouting Report: Dynamic running back…Converted wide receiver that can run, catch and return kicks…explosive quickness…Plays bigger than his size often taking two or three tacklers to bring him downStrong work ethic, high character, football intelligence and competitive toughness.

Career Highlights

CGS Game Highlights

Career Summary

2023: Don Hansen Football Gazette First Team All-American…D2Football.com Elite 100 List…D2CCA First Team All-American…Associated Press D2 All-American (All-Purpose)…D2Football.com Second Team All-American…D2CCA First Team All-Super Region 1…Harlon Hill Finalist…G-MAC Most Valuable Player…First Team All G-MAC…Put together a stellar campaign in 2023 as a senior for the Chargers, breaking or tying five G-MAC records while also ranking among the top running backs in the country at the NCAA DII level throughout…Led the G-MAC in carries (230), rushing yards (1,333), rushing touchdowns (21), yards per game average (121.2), scoring (11.5 points per game), All-Purpose yards (172.2 per game), single game rushing attempts (28 against Michigan Tech) and single-game rushing touchdowns (five against Ohio Dominican), while ranking in the top 10 in the nation at the NCAA DII level in all of those categories, and in the top five in many of them…Broke G-MAC records for single season rushing touchdowns, finishing with 21 to surpass Daouda Sylla of Findlay’s old record of 19, and, with 126 total points scored, also broke the record for points in a single season of 114 held by Sylla and former Hillsdale great David Graham…His 2023 season ranks in the top four in G-MAC history in rushing yards, touchdowns, attempts, rushing yards per game and all-purpose yards…His epic game in Hillsdale’s 35-17 win over Ohio Dominican to finish the 2023 season and cap Herzog’s career will live in legends for years to come…Against a defense that was surrendering 88 yards on the ground on average entering the contest, Herzog rushed for 175 yards on 20 carries and five touchdowns, breaking the G-MAC record for rushing touchdowns in a single contest and tying the Hillsdale record for single game rushing touchdowns, held jointly by Gordon Piatt (1939), Nate Clark (1955) and Willis Miles (1982). …Was one of the top return specialists in the G-MAC as well for the Chargers, with 511 kickoff return yards and an average of 18.9 yards per return.

2022: Returned to the field after a two-year absence recovering from a devastating leg injury and put together one of the best seasons by a running back in the last decade for the Chargers…Earned First Team All-G-MAC honors and was named the team’s Outstanding Offensive Back for the 2022 season while finishing second in the G-MAC in rushing yards (940) and adding eight rushing touchdowns…Named G-MAC and team Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Northwood (Oct. 15), rushing for 159 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-7 victory, the most rushing yards in a single game by a Hillsdale player since David Graham in 2019…Also rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns in Hillsdale’s 35-17 win over Walsh (Sept. 10), earning the team’s E.P.E.P. award for his performance…Also named the team’s Offensive Player of the Week against Truman St. (Sept. 17) and Ohio Dominican (Nov. 12)…Scored two touchdowns and put up 86 rushing yards in Hillsdale’s 36-20 upset of undefeated and nationally ranked Ashland (Oct. 29)…Will be a big part of Hillsdale’s offense as a senior in 2023.

2021: Sat out the fall season while recovering from an injury sustained in the spring…On track for a healthy return for the 2022 campaign.

2020-21: Converted to tailback from wide receiver in the offseason and was atop the depth chart entering the spring of 2021 before a preseason injury kept him out for the season.

2019: Got early playing time as a true freshman at receiver and on special teams for the Chargers in 2019, appearing in seven games…Caught a career-best two passes for 14 yards (Sept. 14) against Indianapolis, and had a 38-yard reception against Lake Erie (Sept. 21)…Returned eight kicks for an average of 15.8 yards per return.