Vanderbilt was victorious in its opener vs. the Demon Deacons, winning 24-20.
"We just worked so hard for the win," Horrocks said. "We felt like we just had to have it. It feels so great."
At 6-3, 275, Horrocks is nowhere near the biggest or most physical lineman ever to play tackle for the Commodores. The move, he acknowledges, required major adjustments in his technique and mental approach.
"I just decided to try to adjust to the new position the best I could," he said. "I reported to camp, and they just told me I would be a D-tackle. But it didn't really matter. I didn't care. I just wanted to do whatever the team needed me to do."
Vanderbilt's defense had a rough night against Wake Forest, as the Deacon ground game ground out 274 rushing yards. But the Commodores came up with big stops at critical times, and none was bigger than Herdley Harrison's sack of Benjamin Mauk late in the game, which resulted in an 18-yard loss.
"That was my favorite play of the game," Horrocks said.
"We've got our first win out of the way. Now we've got an incredible amount of confidence, and we're all ready to go out and play again next week."
In high school Horrocks and fellow defensive tackle Lamar Divens were part of one of the greatest teams in Lincoln County High School history, a team that finished 12-1 his senior season. That season, he says today, gave him a taste of what winning regularly is like and a deep thirst to make in happen on a regular basis in college.
"I told Lamar in the locker room Thursday that we're slowly getting back there. We had to fight to win it, just like we used to, but we kind of got used to winning there. That's where we've got to be."