"Clint, he's a 'yes sir, no sir' [type]," Wade said. "He had one of the best offseasons since I've been here, as far as O-line. He's a worker. He's going to have to help us, and he knows that.
"It's new for him, and it's kind of new for everybody, because kind of we're changing offense a little bit. We've got some things we've got to iron out this summer, with some footwork and all that. But that's what summer's for."
Son of a minister who owns a construction company, Van Horn is majoring in political science, minoring in criminal justice with plans to pursue another minor in business. He's topping a 3.0 grade-point average - "My dad wouldn't have it any other way," he said.
At 6-foot-5, Van Horn won't have to add to his 310-pound frame in a pure weight sense. He may even lose a little weight, and certainly wants to get stronger.
But the big thing, as Wade indicated, is what's under that weight. Many an offensive lineman has stumbled over his own two feet, figuratively and literally.
"The main thing I need to work on is my feet," Van Horn said. "If you don't have good footwork at this level, you can't play. The [footwork] exposes strength - if you don't have feet, you can't use your strength. I need to work on my feet before I can do anything else on the field."
An occasional tip from fellow Flying Eagle Legursky can't hurt.
"A couple of times over Facebook, and when he comes by workouts," Van Horn said. "He's giving me a little information, things I can do to get better. He's been there, been through here. He's on the field for a very prestigious NFL team, so anytime I get a chance to talk to him, I take advantage of it."
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