Collins Hill senior triplets Davis (3), Tyler (4) and Max Herman (20) all play on the Eagles football team. Tyler is the quarterback and Davis and Max are wide receivers. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)
SUWANEE — One’s got a freckle. Another’s got a cowlick. The third lacks both. Oh, and the height, they share rising ticks up the measuring stick, two inches separating the tallest from the shortest.
Kevin Reach swears he’s only mixed them up a few times — with their helmets on. But looking at the three football-playing Hermans it’s easy to have sympathy for their head coach. The identical triplets are entering their senior year at Collins Hill after returning to Suwanee a year ago after the family relocated to Gainesville, Fla., for a few years.
There’s the quarterback Tyler Herman, receiver and former tight end Davis Herman and Max Herman, a receiver who’s battled a broken back and a shoulder injury. Max is the oldest by a minute over Tyler and three from Davis. Davis is the tallest at 6-4. Max is the shortest at 6-2.
“It’s not hard for us (to tell them apart),” Davis Herman said. “But for everybody else it has been.
“Especially our coaches, they can’t tell us apart. They usually just say Herman.”
And that ploy gets six eyes shooting a coach’s direction.
But like their small differences, the Hermans know plenty about the confusion they create — they started playing football together, on the same team, at age 5.
But for the three, it’s always been football, making it easy on their parents. As easy as triplets can be.
“I know my dad wasn’t expecting three when they first found out,” Tyler said. “I know our dad ever since then says it’s been hard playing for three. Dad was our coach through eighth grade.”
“He’s still involved in every sport, no matter what you do,” Davis Herman said.
When they lived in Florida the three spent time playing catch, Tyler always throwing to his brothers. Tyler became the QB at age 6.
“On the field it’s easy for me because I get to throw to both of my brothers and I don’t have to, like, worry about what’s wrong with them,” Tyler Herman said. “It’s easier for me to throw to them because I know their speed and how they run their routes.”
Mostly with Davis because of Max’s injuries, but the familiarity has helped Tyler transition to the starting quarterback role for the Eagles.
“I have more confidence in my brothers because I’ve thrown to them all of my life and I know everything about them,” Tyler said. “I know where to place the ball, what they can do. It’s a passing offense.
“I feel like I have the trust of my team. Making plays is what I like about being a quarterback.”
All three play a part for Collins Hill’s team, whether it’s leadership, playmaking or camaraderie.
“All three are good boys,” the head coach Reach said. “They’ve been good assets to the program.”
Identical in looks, they are identical in their friends as well. Aside from not dating the same girls, they all admit to keeping the same friends, a driving factor for Max through all his injuries.
“I get to be around all of my friends,” Max said. “What’s good is if we are outside of football hanging out with my friends, I am not the lonely one not knowing what they are talking about.”
And when they all get to talking, for the uninitiated, deciphering the source is tough. Tyler usually finishes the sentence, the admitted most fun of the brothers. Davis gets the quiet label and Max falls in the middle with the caveat of potential overwhelming silliness. But these differences are by degree. Finding big differences proves impossible.
“At home, we are like normal brothers and sisters, we fight and do all that stuff,” Davis Herman said. “We get along pretty well.”
There’s a story of a fight in a pool. Then there was one during practice in eighth grade.
But none of the tales have much juice, after all, there are rules.
“No face shots,” Tyler insists.
“We take a lot of body shots and thigh shots,” Davis said.
If one took a shot to the face, it may make one stand out.
“Everyone makes fun of us for being the exact same,” Davis said.
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Triplets play on the Collins Hill football team
Collins Hill senior triplets Davis (3), Tyler (4) and Max Herman (20) all play on the Eagles football team. Tyler is the quarterback and Davis and Max are wide receivers.