Herd’s Van Horn granted sixth year by NCAA


HUNTINGTON — Marshall University football senior player Clint Van Horn has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, the school learned Tuesday.

The 6-foot-5 Beckley native played just three games due to injury after entering the campaign on the Lombardi and Outland Trophy Watch Lists.

“I’m so happy that I got my sixth year,” said Van Horn. “I can’t wait to be with the team and to play for this university. When I found out, I was at a loss for words. I was bawling. I was pretty excited to say the least.”

Marshall’s starting right tackle played 1,035 offensive snaps in 2014, finishing with a team-best 92 knockdowns in 14 games. The 6-5, 310-pound Van Horn played every snap in the final four games of the nationally ranked Herd’s season. He has 22 career starts and is a repeat selection on the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List. He was an all-conference second team selection as a sophomore in 2013.

“Getting Clint back this year is such a tremendous boost for the entire program,” Marshall coach Doc Holliday said. “He is one of our leaders and truly embodies what it means to be a Marshall student-athlete.”

Van Horn earned his undergraduate degree in political science this May.

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