#FlashbackFriday- WR Tony Horne

Tony Horne, out of Richmond, was a WR for the Tigers back in the mid 90’s. Horne was the first player in Clemson history to make first or second-team All-ACC at two positions in the same year when he made 1st team All ACC All Purpose Player and 2nd team All ACC WR in 1997. He went onto play for the St Louis Rams and KC Chiefs in the NFL before a knee injury ended his career.

In 1995, Horne started all twelve games as a sophomore and was second on the team in receptions with 23 catches. He had 448 receiving yards, establishing himself as the Tigers primary deep threat averaging almost 20 yards per catch.

In 1996, Horne missed seven games but still finished with the third most all purpose yards on the team w ith 559. His average of 111.8 all purpose yards per game was good for second on the team. His 20 catches was also good for third on the team. He averaged over 17 yards a catch as well.

His final season in 1997, he finished in the top 40 in the nation in 5 different statistical categories. He was the only ACC player to do so and the first Tiger in history to do so.

He was 14th in receptions per game, 29th in receiving yards per game, 15th in all purpose running, 8th in kickoff returns, and 39th in punt returns.

He had 70 catches, which broke Jerry Butler’s single season record, and was just nine yards short of breaking Perry Tuttle’s single season record for receiving yards. It was one of the greatest seasons by a receiver in Clemson history at the time. He finished with 70 catches and 907 yards, averaging 13 yards per catch.

Horne was a great receiver on team’s that didn’t throw the ball very much. He was also a great return guy, which translated into an NFL career, despite ending far to early due to a knee injury.

Check out some highlights below

1997 Punt return vs SC

1997- 28 yd TD catch vs FSU

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