Herzog to continue football career at Dickinson State


Record setting quarterback Ben Herzog will continue his football career at Dickinson State University this fall. The Custer County District High School senior signed his national letter of intent earlier this week.

“I really liked Dickinson and all the connections with the former players and with Pete (Stanton) as the coach,” Herzog said. “And I like the offensive scheme. It really felt like it was the place for me to be.”

Herzog chose Dickinson after also being recruited by the University of Mary and Rocky Mountain College.

Herzog was a three-year starter at quarterback and safety for the Cowboys, becoming the only sophomore in modern Cowboy history to start at quarterback. He was a three-year all-conference player at safety and was honored twice at quarterback. As a senior, he was named All-State.

“Ben is an outstanding student-athlete and a perfect fit for us at quarterback,” Dickinson State Head Coach Pete Stanton said in a press release. “He displays great instincts and athleticism on the field. He is very intelligent, makes good decisions on the field and has the ability to run and throw the ball equally well.”

In his high school career, playing for Dan Stanton, Pete’s brother, Herzog rewrote the passing record book.

As a senior, Herzog completed 99 of 192 passes for 1,352 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also led the Cowboys in rushing with 779 yards and 13 touchdowns. He set school single-season records for yards, completions and attempts. He owns school career records for completions (247), attempts (524), yards (3,462) and touchdowns (41). 

Herzog is also the only quarterback to amass 5,000 total yards in his career, adding in 1,601 yards rushing. His 61 total touchdowns are 15 more than the next closest player.

Herzog, the son of Ted and Jodi, plans to major in business and will be a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Honors program at Dickinson State.

Herzog will be the third former Cowboy on Dickinson State’s roster, joining redshirt sophomore receiver Dalton Reid and redshirt freshman lineman Drew Senger on the Blue Hawks. 

The Blue Hawks finished 1-10 last season, playing in the Frontier Conference. They will be joining the North Star Athletic Association this year and this will also be the first-year with Pete Stanton as head coach.

The Blue Hawks will open their season on August 30th at home against Rocky Mountain College.