Herd’s Van Horn Named to Outland Trophy Watch List

Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall senior offensive lineman Clint Van Horn, a 2014 All-Conference USA first team selection, was named today to the Outland Trophy Watch List.


The Outland Trophy is presented annually to the nation’s outstanding interior lineman in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Van Horn is among 81 names, including three from Conference USA, on the watch list.


A 6-foot-5, 310-pounder from Beckley, W.Va., Van Horn is one of four returnees among the Herd’s league-record 10 first-team picks from last season.


A former walk-on and grayshirt, Van Horn started all 14 games at right tackle last season and helped Coach Doc Holliday’s team to a 13-1 record, a Conference USA title and a final national ranking (No. 22/23). He played 1,035 snaps, second on the team to graduated center Chris Jasperse (1,042), and finished with a team-best 92 knockdowns. He was selected by Herd coaches for the team’s 2014 Offensive Gridiron Gladiator award, which goes to a relentless, 100-percent player.


With Van Horn in the starting lineup up front, the Herd averaged 559.2 yards total offense last season – ranking second nationally to Baylor (581.5). Marshall ranked No. 8 in rushing offense and No. 18 in passing, and was the only offense to rank in the top 20 in both categories besides College Football Playoff finalist Oregon.


Iowa’s Brandon Scherff wan the 2014 Outland Trophy.


John Outland, the award’s namesake, was an All-America lineman at Penn at the turn of the 20th century.


Three finalists for the 70th Outland Trophy will be announced on Nov. 24. The winner will be will be recognized at the Outland Trophy presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, on Jan. 14, 2016, in Omaha, Neb.