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Brian Herrien is well on his way to a career year in Athens this fall.

Homegrown: Why Brian Herrien personifies the Georgia Bulldog spirit

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Brian Herrien is a Bulldog. He shows it with every slipped Saturday tackle.

There are so many scrappy moments. Those moments where he plays like the most devout member of DawgNation would if God blessed them with the gift to play at UGA.

Georgia’s staff sometimes brings up the notion of players who bring the juice. Herrien is something else entirely.

No. 35 would be the battery.

Watch him cycle through every Saturday during warm-up. When he was younger, Herrien would just bob with the beat. His face has always been plastered with a forever smile.

Bulldogs young and old now plug into him. Like an Isaiah Wilson-sized portable battery for their phone. The current is especially strong to his fellow running backs.

“I don’t know where it comes from but I definitely don’t think that anybody [on his team] is more energetic than me,” Herrien said this fall. “I just love the game. I just love the atmosphere. I’m an energy person so when the energy is good then I will have it.”

It’s hard not to notice his sheer grit and determination this fall. Did you see that Herrien run? It seems as if the phrase “which one” might be the most pertinent one to delve into.

  • The one he made just to get eligible at Georgia?
  • His 19-yard TD on his first college carry?
  • What about the ones from spring 2017? When Nick Chubb and Sony Michel were in bubble wrap? Herrien and former teammate Elijah Holyfield cut through a salty National finalist defense often enough to convince everyone inside the program they were elite SEC backs.
Brian Herrien is tied for the team lead this year with four rushing touchdowns for so far in 2019. It is already his career-best tally during his time in Athens. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Why what Brian Herrien does is special to DawgNation

Herrien is on a brisk pace to set career highs this fall. Some might think he’s a valuable stack of cord word for Georgia’s running backs room. Another valuable asset finally showing what he can do.

Truth be told, he’s always been that way. When he made plays in high school, he was just doing the same things he did in middle school.

We had got on the field early at Georgia, it was what he did at the prep level absent of those stars.

Brian Herrien finds some of that green pasture provided by the Georgia offensive line during the Notre Dame game earlier this year. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Herrien’s carries now make opposing defensive coordinators think twice about their side’s tackling prowess.

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