Mike Hermann Headed to NFL’s San Diego Chargers
Rensselaer senior quarterback Mike Hermann has agreed to a free agent contract with the San
Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). Hermann, who had previously agreed to a tryout opportunity with the Oakland Raiders, is expected to join the Chargers for the team’s rookie camp from May 11-13 as well as the OTAs (organized team activities) on May 29-31, June 5-7, and June 11-14.
“I am obviously grateful to the Chargers for this opportunity,” said Hermann. “To have an offer to join the organization with a contract is a dream come true. I have had the chance to get to know some of their staff and could not be more impressed.”
“We are all extremely excited for Mike,” said Jim Knowlton, director of athletics. “He has grown as a young man, a leader, and as a football player during his time at Rensselaer and we have all marveled at his transformation. This is an exciting opportunity that he has worked hard to earn and we are thrilled that Mike will be representing our fine institution at the highest level of professional football.”
A three-time All-Liberty League choice, including two-time Offensive Player of the Year, and two-time All-Region choice, Hermann completed 178 of 296 passes (60.1 percent) for 2,366 yards and 23 touchdowns this season. He was intercepted eight times and had an efficiency rating of 147.51. He threw for 250-plus yards in five games, including one for 331 yards and another for 355, and had at least one touchdown pass in every game.
A 6-5, 250-pound captain, he accounted for 78.6 percent of the team’s offense, also leading the Engineers in rushing with 510 yards and seven touchdowns on 107 carries. He ran for 60-plus yards five times, including a 138-yard effort—which featured an 88-yard touchdown run—and a 90-yard game. He recorded at least one rushing touchdown in four games, including three scores in the Transit Trophy Game victory.
The team’s Most Valuable Player for the second straight season, Hermann led the Liberty League in total offense (318.6 yards per game), total touchdowns (27), passing yards, touchdown passes, and passing yards per game (260.0).
As a junior, he was named the Liberty League Player of the Year, All-Region, and the team’s MVP after completing 172 of 290 passes for 2,054 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also led the team in rushing, gaining 648 yards with 15 touchdowns on 131 carries. Hermann led the Liberty League in total offense per game (300.2 yards) and scoring (10.2 points per game) and his 2,702 yards of total offense ranked fourth in school history for a single season.
In his career, he accumulated 7,177 yards passing (619 for 1,078) with 57 touchdowns and only 31 interceptions in 36 games. He also rushed 435 times for 1,935 yards and 29 touchdowns. Hermann is among the top three in nearly every category for quarterbacks in Rensselaer history.