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84 Tate Casey
  • Tight End
  • 6-6 245
  • JR 2L
  • Longview, Texas/Longview

A true junior tight end…The starting tight end as a true freshman who was also a member of the 2005 Gator baseball team…

2005: Made 10 catches on the season for 121 yards (12.1 avg.) and one touchdown…Matched entire season total with three catches for 21 yards in the win over Georgia, including his first touchdown reception of the season, a one-yard pass from Chris Leak…Had a career-high 33-yard reception against Florida State but fumbled on the play…Caught two passes for 27 yards in the Outback Bowl victory over Iowa, including a 21-yard grab in the third quarter…Had one catch for 12 yards against Vanderbilt…Caught one pass for seven yards at Alabama…Had a 12-yard reception in his first start of the campaign, the 49-28 win over Kentucky…Caught one pass for nine yards in the meeting with Wyoming…

2004: Developed into the squad's top tight end who is also a regular on kick off return team…One of only two true freshmen to see action in 12 of UF's games, making four starts (MTSU, South Carolina, Florida State and Miami)…First career start came against MTSU…Tied for fourth nationally among freshmen tight ends with four touchdown receptions…Tied for second in the SEC in touchdowns by a tight end with four…First UF true freshman tight end to catch a touchdown pass since 1979…Only tight end and true freshman to catch a pass this year or score a touchdown…Four touchdown receptions was the most by a UF true freshman since Ike Hilliard caught four in 1994 and one shy of the school record…Made collegiate debut in the season opener against Eastern Michigan at tight end and on kickoff coverage…First true freshman TE to play on opening day since Ben Troupe in 2000…Four-of-eight catches went for touchdowns…Caught first career touchdown pass against LSU…Notched a career-high two touchdown catches and totaled 28 yards receiving versus South Carolina…Made two catches for 30 yards receiving, including two first-down conversions against Florida State…Hauled in a 26-yard touchdown pass against Vanderbilt…Caught a 15-yard pass in the Peach Bowl versus Miami…Made first career road trip to Tennessee…

PREP: One of the nation's top tight end prospects…Rated 49th-best prospect in the state of Texas by SuperPrep's All-America issue…Rivals.com rated Casey a three-star athlete and as the seventh-best tight end prospect in the nation…Also ranked as the top tight end prospect from the Big 12 Conference region by Rivals.com…Member of TheInsiders.com Big 12 Conference Hot 100 (No. 49 overall)…Brought in 14 catches for 272 yards for a 19.4 yards per catch average as a senior…Had 19 receptions for 365 yards and three touchdowns as a junior averaging 19.2 yards per catch in a run-oriented offense…The bulk of those yards came in the playoffs, where he caught six passes for 113 yards and two TDs…His 31-yard scoring pass helped open the flood gates as the Lobos stunned previously unbeaten Garland, 45-0, in bi-district…A pro baseball prospect who throws a 90-plus miles per hour fastball…Had a 12-16 career record on the mound with 145 strikeouts…Batted over .300 with 36 RBIs…In a national showcase held at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, the right-handed pitcher was clocked at 94 miles per hour…Coached by Pat Collins at Longview High School…Decided to forgo the hardwood after his sophomore year and concentrate on just football and baseball… Runs a 4.7 40-yard dash …Father played at Texas Tech…Older brother Taylor was an all-conference linebacker at the University of North Texas, and sister Lindsey played basketball at San Diego State University… Texas, Miami, Texas Tech, Arizona, LSU and UCLA were among his other possible choices…

MAJOR: Social and behavioral sciences.


CAREER RECEIVING STATISTICS
Year No. Yds Avg. TDs Long
2004 8 127 15.9 4 26
2005 10 121 12.1 1 33
Totals: 18 248 13.8 5 33

CASEY'S CAREER HIGHS
Receptions: 3 (Georgia, 2005)
Receiving Yards: 33 (Florida State, 2005)
Receiving TD: 2 (South Carolina, 2004)
Longest Reception: 33 (Florida State, 2005)

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