Herring gets the nod
Seahawks promote Will Herring to starting linebacker spot
Will Herring took an unconventional path from high-school option quarterback to college safety to NFL linebacker. He'll replace injured Leroy Hill on Sunday against the 49ers.
By Percy Allen
Seattle Times staff reporter
Will Herring made a name for himself as a special-teams maniac since the Seahawks selected him in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL draft.
When you're a backup linebacker, you get work any way you can.
Playing on punts, punt returns, kickoffs and kickoff returns is hard work, but has paid big dividends. It gave Herring a chance to hone his defensive skills.
"I've come a long ways in a short time," said Herring, a three-year starting quarterback at Opelika High School in Alabama and a three-year starting free safety at Auburn.