Hout began his career at Northern Colorado in 2003, but was redshirted in the fall of 2003. He did play seven games in 2004, registering five tackles. Hout played in all of Northern Colorado's eleven games in 2005, mading 46 tackles with 10 for loss. He added 6.5 sacks. But, he had off the field problems in the spring of 2006 and then transferred to Ferris State in the summer of '06, where he started ten games in 2006 -- recording 37 tackles and 7.5 sacks. Hout was selected to the Second Team All-GLIAC squad. In 2007, Hout recorded 45 tackles with 6.5 for loss and 3.5 sacks. Again, he was voted to the All-GLIAC second team after the season. Hout is a converted defensive end. He is very athletic and is short but thick built. He is a strong player, who plays with a mean streak. With enough speed (4.79-40) to beat his opponents to the edge, he moves well through traffic. Hout closes quickly on ball carriers and is able to keep outside containment effectively. He is a smart player who plays within the system. He is durable and will play hurt. It seems his off the field issues are behind him. Hout has the DE-DT "tweener" label about him. He does lack height, so he must stay low coming out of his stand. Hout plays with a narrow base, did not shed blockers particularly well, he also lacks coverage skills and he needs to refine pass rushing mechanics. Hout is a powerful athlete who plays with passion. He is not the fastest player and can be beaten to the outside and also lacks finishing burst. But, he will perform well at the Combine. Hout is a good player that has the chance to make it in the next level. He projected to be a late rounder, if drafted at all. But he has something about him. Could be a "finder's keepers" late in the draft.