In his second sport final season, Herbert set a Virginia Tech report with 358 all-purpose yards in a 38-31 win over Duke. The 5-9, 204-pounder rushed for 208 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries and returned three kickoffs for 150 yards, with a protracted of 83 yards.
Final 12 months, Herbert returned kickoffs frequently for the primary time in his faculty profession, averaging 26.9 yards on 16 returns. He hopes to have the ability to audition for that job with the Bears—a place that is extensive open following the departure of veteran Cordarrelle Patterson.
“I am making an attempt to assist out the group any means doable,” Herbert mentioned, “whether or not or not it’s any sort of particular groups or on offense. However kick return is one thing I delight myself on and I do know it could actually have an effect on the sport to begin out drives and assist the offense to get subject place.
“It is one thing I have been speaking to [special team coordinator Chris Tabor] about. I really feel like I will be capable to assist the group out in that means.”
Herbert believes that his abilities as a working again assist him return kickoffs.
“Having the ability to use my imaginative and prescient taking part in working again, with the ability to arrange blocks, break tackles and run north and south, I believe it is a actually massive factor to have the ability to hit that gap full velocity with no concern and go,” Herbert mentioned. “I really feel like all these issues assist in the kick return sport.”
Greater than two weeks after the draft, Herbert nonetheless marvels when he walks into Halas Corridor and realizes that he is a member of the Bears.
“The whole lot right here type of amazes me,” Herbert mentioned. “I am strolling round seeing stuff. The ability and every part is prime notch. I am actually excited to be right here and blissful that I bought picked by the Bears.”
The Bears traded down 9 spots within the sixth spherical earlier than drafting Herbert at No. 217. Additionally they obtained a seventh-round choice within the commerce with the Seahawks that they spent on BYU nostril sort out Khyiris Tonga at No. 250.
“Khalil is a good younger man,” mentioned Bears first-year working backs coach Michael Pitre, “a man that has actually excessive soccer IQ, and that was evident in simply interviewing him. He was very constant on movie by our learning by the draft course of. He has some big-play potential inside his sport within the run sport and within the go sport, so we’re excited to have him right here with the Bears.”