Clint Van Horn
Marshall 27, Florida Atlantic 21
North Texas 38, Marshall 21
Pittsburgh 43, Marshall 27
Four named to first team
Marshall places third-most student-athletes on list among league schools
AP Photos: Football vs. Rice
R-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. ... named to C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
R-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.
R-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 walk-on in fall of 2011, then went on scholarship in January 2012.
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.