Weeks after Josh Allen concluded his historic career, Jared Casey enrolled at the University of Kentucky. The highest-ranked prospect in Mark Stoops’ 2019 class came to Kentucky to fill Allen’s massive shoes. That did not happen right away.
“They throw you into the fire. You gotta adjust real quick,” Casey said following the Blue/White Game. “You gotta play fast but not think too much. That’s been the biggest issue, just playing fast and not thinking too much.”
Considered a four-star prospect and a top 20 linebacker in the country, Casey did not disappoint during his first appearance at Kroger Field. Casey led the White Team in tackles with six and recorded a quarterback hurry. That production did not occur overnight. Just a week before, Brad White publicly called out his players.
“We’re young out there. We don’t have a lot of experience other than Boogie, so we’re green. It’s not to the standards we expect from the outside linebacker group right now,” said White.
It took some time, but Casey quickly learned from his mistakes. Since he took those first steps on campus, the Louisville Ballard product has grown exponentially.
“I have a lot more confidence from our first scrimmage to now,” he said. “I’m able to play faster. I’m in a good spot.”
A longtime Louisville recruit and a one-time Oregon commit, Casey is right where he belongs in Lexington.
“I’m really glad I came in early. I got all these reps with the ones and stuff. If I would’ve came in later, I don’t know how things would’ve turned out.”