Red River Player of the Month: Jack Casey

D1A Rugby: Red River Player of the Month: Jack Casey
February was a positive stretch for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Following a slow start to the spring season, the Razorbacks picked up two keys wins against Red River opponents. The span also marked the return of fly half Jack Casey, whose presence was immediately felt in the team’s turnaround, and whose four tries helped earn him D1A Player of the Month honors.

In his first outing since returning from studying abroad, the junior Economics major scored three tries in a thrilling 37-31 victory versus Oklahoma. He followed that up in a stellar performance against Texas Tech, and most recently helped his fellow Razorbacks to a Big XII 7’s championship this past week, earning All-Tournament Team honors in the process.

“The addition of Jack Casey this semester has signicantly strengthened our backline since I was able to move Alex Rees to his best position at scrumhalf and Jack back to his best position at fly half,” Arkansas head coach Warren Fyfe commented. “He is a player with tremendous vision, composure and game management ability. All qualities that are essential in a flyhalf. He is strong on his feet and his change of pace when he sees a gap in the defensive line can be devastating. He is also an outstanding tackler and fearless as a ball poacher after the tackle.”

Sitting at 3-3, Arkansas aims to finish the season on a high note, and with Casey’s presence back on the field, the team feels more natural as players like Rees and Coby Graves went back to their preferred positions.

In the meantime, Arkansas turns its mindset towards TCU, who is slated for a Saturday afternoon matchup before taking aim at #11 LSU to round out the year. From Casey’s perspective the final two games mean setting the tone for next year and being a leader.

“I am looking forward to a hard fought match with TCU,” Casey said. “As this fifteens season comes to a close, we will be looking forward to the future of our starting side by giving opportunities for players to develop.”