Trojans looking to take care of "unfinished business."
CAREER: He has 58 tackles in his USC career, including 6.5 for losses (with 1 sack). He has 3 career starts at linebacker at USC to go along with 6 starts as a safety at UNLV.
2011: Horton, who has valuable collegiate experience starting at linebacker and safety, will battle to start at linebacker as a senior in 2011. He missed 2011 spring practice while recuperating from a 2010 hip injury.
2010: Horton served as a backup linebacker and played on special teams as a junior in 2010. Overall in 2010 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 28 tackles, including 6.5 for losses (with 1 sack), plus 1 forced fumble and 1 deflection. He had 2 tackles at Hawaii and 3 at Washington State (1 for a loss). He then led USC with 10 tackles (2 for a loss) and had a forced fumble while coming off the bench early in the game against Stanford. He had a sack against California, then added 11 tackles (2.5 for losses) and a deflection off the bench against Oregon. He had 1 tackle at UCLA. After the season, he had arthroscopic surgery for torn cartilage in his hip.
2009: After a year's layoff, Horton switched from strong safety to linebacker in 2009 fall camp and saw playing time on the weak side and on special teams as a sophomore in 2009. Overall in 2009 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 30 tackles, including 1.5 for losses, and 2 deflections. He even started 3 games at weakside linebacker (California, Arizona State, Stanford). He suffered a hip flexor injury early against Boston College and was sidelined the rest of the game.
He had a tackle and deflection against San Jose State, 6 tackles against Washington State, then 7 tackles (0.5 for a loss) at California while making his first career start. He had 2 tackles at Notre Dame, 4 tackles (1 for a loss) at Oregon, 6 tackles and a deflection at Arizona State, 3 tackles against Stanford and 1 tackle versus UCLA.
2008: Horton, a safety who transferred to USC in the spring of 2008 from UNLV, sat out his 2008 sophomore season because of NCAA transfer rules.
UNLV: Horton started 6 games at safety at UNLV as a first-year freshman in 2007. Overall in 2007 while appearing in all 12 of UNLV's games, he had 35 tackles, 1 sack, 1 deflection and 1 interception. He had 8 tackles (with a sack) at New Mexico and 5 stops against both Wisconsin and BYU. He returned an interception 26 yards at Wyoming.
HIGH SCHOOL: He prepped at Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks (Calif.), where his 2006 honors included Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Cal-Hi Sports All-State third team, All-CIF Pac-5 Division first team, Los Angeles Daily News All-Area first team and All-Serra League MVP as a senior defensive back, quarterback and wide receiver. He completed 27-of-53 (50.9%) passes for 473 yards with 8 TDs and 2 interceptions, ran for 636 yards on 48 carries (13.3 avg.) with 7 TDs, caught 36 passes for 635 yards (17.6 avg.) with 7 TDs and had 2 interceptions in 2006.
He was injured for part of his 2005 junior season. Current Trojans Garrett Green and Wes Horton also prepped at Notre Dame.
PERSONAL: He's a sociology major at USC. His father, Myke, lettered 2 years (1973-74) as an offensive tackle at UCLA, was drafted by the New England Patriots in 1975, played professionally in the USFL (with Washington and Memphis) and the CFL (with Calgary), then was one of the original members of the syndicated TV show "American Gladiators" (he was Gemini from 1989 to 1992). His mother, Julie, played tennis at South Alabama. His brother, Wes, is a sophomore defensive end at USC. His sister, Taylor, is a junior on Fresno State's women's volleyball team.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH SHANE HORTON