The first punt of the day wasn't tipped, but it was the beginning of a terrible, terrible day for Cowboys' punter Brian Moormon. His first punt, with no pressure, went only 23 yards to the Dallas 47 yard line.
His second punt, was tipped by Herron.
14:04 2nd Quarter - 4th & 7 from the DAL 36
Boom Herron sets up on the outside of Phillip Tanner, a backup running back for the Cowboys.
Herron jumps the snap and sprints straight upfield with two swift steps. This forces Tanner to shuffle his body outside quickly.
Then, with a hard plant of his left foot, Herron cuts inside. He swims his left arm over the helmet of Tanner, which gives him the path he needs.
Herron nearly collides with his teammate Dan Skuta, but his early jump keeps him on course. Now, Herron sizes up the punter.
He realizes that Mormon will punt soon. So Herron does the two-step-leap move with his elevated hands causing a roadblock for Moorman's kick.
You can hear the familiar double-boot between the football and Herron's hand; an indicator to players that the football has been blocked. The punt was low and short, first bouncing at the Cincinnati 42 yard line and then rolling almost twenty yards, totaling 39.
Moorman's third punt was miserable too. Herron wasn't able to beat a double team, but he was still the closest guy to Moorman when he shanked one to the sideline for a terrible 27-yard punt.
Then, just when you thought Moorman's day couldn't get any worse, Herron compounded everything.
4:47 3rd Quarter - 4th & 18 from the DAL 39
Boom Herron is matched up with Phillip Tanner... again.
Herron sprints upfield, then plants his left foot and angles inside Tanner. In other words, it was the exact same move.
Without much time before Moorman's kick, Herron swings his arms and lays out.
Herron's second tipped punt of the day led to another horrendous 27-yard punt to Cincinnati's sideline. The rookie running back walked back to the sidelines and had a conversation with a smiling Darrin Simmons, the Bengals special teams coach.
On Moorman's fifth punt, Herron tried to bend around Tanner to the outside. Moorman comfortably stepped into his punt and he made solid contact for a 49-yarder.
Moorman may have saved his job for a couple games, but the Cowboys didn't re-sign him during the offseason. Ironically, he was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers. If he earns the punting job, he may face his greatest demon... twice.