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Rice TE James Casey has done it all in college

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by cowboyjoe, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    Rice TE James Casey has done it all in college
    6:00 AM Wed, Apr 15, 2009 | Permalink
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    James Casey got a late start on his college football career but was able to experience the entire spectrum of the college game in his two seasons on the Rice campus. He signed a baseball contract out of high school with the Chicago White Sox in 2003 and spent four years pitching in the minors before enrolling at Rice in 2007 at the age of 22.

    "I went there as a linebacker," Casey said. "Three days after I got there the coach left and the new coach moved me to defensive end. I was the starting defensive end that spring, then I moved to quarterback before two-a-days started my freshman year. As the season progressed I moved to wide receiver, then to H-back. I played some running back and quarterback, then I got a chance to get back in and play some defensive end against Southern Miss my freshman year. I was left guard on the punt team as a freshman and this year I was a punt returner. I was a holder and also recovered two on-side kicks. I also was the backup deep snapper."

    But Casey is on this draft board at tight end, where he rates as a premium selection (first three rounds). He finished second in the nation in receiving last season with 111 catches in earning All-America honors. NFL teams envision him as an attractive player for Wildcat offenses because of his versatility.

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