LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky linebacker Jared Casey has been named to FWAA 2019 Freshman All-American Team and Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year watch list, the Football Writers Association of America announced Friday. He is one of 74 FBS players on the list of the nation’s top freshmen.
Casey, who hails from Louisville, Kentucky, is one of 24 players from the Southeastern Conference on the initial watch list. The 6-foot-2, 224-pound outside linebacker enrolled at UK in January 2019 and went through spring practice with the Wildcats, where he impressed with his athleticism and instincts.
Out of Ballard High School in Louisville, Casey was rated a four-star prospect by each of the major recruiting services and as high as the No. 15 outside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com. As a senior, he totaled 70 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and one forced fumble.
Kentucky opens the 2019 season against first-time opponent Toledo on Saturday, Aug. 31 at Noon ET on the SEC Network. The following week, Eastern Michigan returns to Lexington (Sept. 7) for a 7:30 p.m. ET start on ESPNU or the SEC Network Alternate. The three-game home stand will conclude with the conference opener vs. the Florida Gators on Sept. 14 in Kroger Field. That highly-anticipated matchup is set to air at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, the only conference game in the prime time window.