Career Summary: Played two seasons for the Tigers after transferring from Itawamba CC...Played 12 games on the defensive line in 2004 and finished the year with eight tackles...Suffered an infection in his knee that forced him to redshirt the 2005 season...Returned to action in 2006 for his senior season.
2006: Played all 12 games as a senior and started contests against Chattanooga, Arkansas State and Houston...Had a career-high seven tackles against Arkansas State...Forced a fumble in the win over UTEP.
2005: Had knee surgery during the summer of 2005 and developed an infection which kept him out of action for the season...Received a medical redshirt and is available to the team in 2006...Worked at full speed with the Tiger defense in spring drills and is expected to add depth at tackle this fall.
2004: Played in all 12 games for the Tigers as a junior college transfer...Participated in his first game as a Tiger when he entered the Ole Miss game...Registered his first tackle in the Cincinnati contest...Logged two tackles against the Bearcats...Credited with one tackle in the Tigers' nationally-televised game with Louisville...Saw regular duty in the Tigers' win over Southern Miss...Played in a new look four-man defensive front for most of the ESPN televised Southern Miss game...Gave the Tigers a better rush defense and more pass pressure...Registered one tackle in the Memphis win over East Carolina...Saw extended duty as member of the Tiger four-man front in the win over USF...Credited with four tackles and one tackle for lost yardage in the Memphis victory...Played in the GMAC Bowl against Bowling Green, but was not credited with a tackle in the loss...Ended the 2004 football season with eight tackles and one tackle for a loss of three yards.
Junior College: Was a two-year letterman in the defensive line at Itawamba Community College...Started all 11 games of the 2003 season and helped ICC to a 4-5 record...Was selected to play in the Mississippi Community College All-Star game in 2003...Was named the MVP Defensive Lineman of the All-Star game...Was a part-time starter as a freshman at ICC.
Prep: Played his prep football at Okolona High...Lettered as an offensive and defensive lineman...Was a four-year starter at linebacker...Was an all-area and all-region honoree while at OHS...Selected as an all-district honoree four times during his prep career...Was the captain of the squad...Named Best Lineman in 2001 and the team's MVP in 2001...Totaled 12 tackles and five sacks against Mooreville High as a senior...Tore his ACL in the latter portion of his senior season...Named to the Elite 11 for Northeast Mississippi his senior year...Also lettered in tennis while at OHS...Was 12-2 as a senior and played in the state tennis championship.
Personal: Van Wyck Houston is the son of Carnell and Anglean Houston...Born November 1, 1982, in Tupelo, Miss....His cousin, David Bowens, plays for the Miami Dolphins.
HOUSTON'S STATISTICS Tackles G/S UT AT Tot. FR Int TFL Sack 2004 12/0 5 3 8 0 0-0 1-3 0-0