HUNTINGTON — Beckley native Clint Van Horn probably will spend his sophomore year as Marshall's second-string tackle — bumping senior candidate Garrett Scott is a bit much to ask.
But that doesn't mean No. 78 hasn't made an impression on his teammates and coaches, particularly position coach Alex Mirabal.
"Out of all 20 linemen we've got, the kid from Beckley, Clint Van Horn, is having the best camp," said Mirabal, in his first season at MU. "He was a kid who was 323 pounds the last day of spring. Right now he weighs 298, and he's completely reconfigured his body and done a tremendous job with his flexibility.
"He's a heck of a football player right now, and he's made himself that way. He's a self-made guy."
After redshirting in 2011, Van Horn played in 10 games as a redshirt freshman, mostly on the field goal/extra point unit. He had a solid spring season, then bought into strength and conditioning coach Scott Sinclair's program, completely by all accounts.
He'll almost certainly travel with the team, and has Mirabal's confidence if called upon.
"That film doesn't lie," Mirabal said. "All those kids are in there when we're watching film, and they can see what Clint Van Horn is doing. And Clint Van Horn does that against [Jeremiah] Taylor, does that against [Alex] Bazzie, the same guys that the [first-teamers] are doing it against."
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