Student-athletes and coaches who earned all-league honors in 2014-15
Marshall 35, Florida Atlantic 16
Marshall 44, Ohio 14
Marshall 44, Ohio 14
Marshall 56, UAB 14
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Former walk-on and grayshirt enters senior season as one of top Herd players and team leaders … Was All-Conference USA first team selection at right tackle in 2014, after second team selection a year earlier … One of four returnees among Herd’s league-record 10 first-team picks … One of three Marshall starting offensive linemen returning in 2015 (with C Michael Selby, LG Sebastian Johansson) …
JUNIOR SEASON (2014): Started all 14 games at right tackle, and was All-Conference USA first team selection by league coaches … Played 1,035 snaps, second on team to graduated center Chris Jasperse (1,042) … Finished with team-best 92 knockdowns in 14 games … Played every offensive snap in last four games of season … Selected by Herd coaches for team’s 2014 Offensive Gridiron Gladiator award, which goes to a relentless, 100-percent player … Picked by coaches as two-time game captain (Ohio, FAU) … In preseason, named Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List and chosen by C-USA coaches as a preseason All-C-USA first team lineman ... All-C-USA first team pick by Lindy's and Sporting News; third team by Phil Steele.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013): Voted All-Conference USA second team by league coaches after spending first half of season as a Herd backup … Played 726 snaps, with 97 percent assignment rate and 84 percent success, with no penalties … After 2013 spring practice went on strict diet provided by strength and conditioning coach Scott Sinclair, and dropped from 323 to 284 pounds, eventually gaining back 10 pounds to play at 294 … Offensive line coach Alex Mirabal said Van Horn “had the best August camp” among 20 Herd linemen … Began season as No. 2 right tackle, and moved into starting lineup in Week 7 (at Middle Tennessee) when three-year starter Garrett Scott moved to left tackle … Finished season with eight starts, and played 726 snaps, grading out at 97 percent (assignment) and 83 percent (success), with 35 knockdowns and 2.5 sacks … Chosen by Herd coaches as a game captain for UAB game.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2012): Appeared in 11 games for the Herd (missed opener vs. West Virginia), mostly on the field goal and extra point units … Ballooned to 326 pounds and decided he needed to trim down.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Redshirted … Came to Marshall as “grayshirt” walk-on in fall of 2010, then went on scholarship in January 2011.
HERD FILE: Born Feb. 6, 1993 … Majoring in Political Science at MU …Class AAA All-State first team selection at Woodrow Wilson High in Beckley, the same school that produced former Herd players Matt Morris (2003-06), Shavar Greer (2002-06) and Doug Legursky (2004-07) … 87 percent blocking efficiency and 32 pancakes in senior season (2010); had 76 tackles on defensive line … As 2010-11 senior, was Class AAA wrestling State Tournament 285-pound runner-up to Garrett Stanley of Bridgeport on 3-2 decision; finished season with 33-5 record … Chose home-state Herd over FCS offers from Holy Cross, Albany and Cornell.