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Casey Legg is easily WVU’s most underrated player on the roster. The redshirt Junior (one extra season with COVID) had never played football before stepping on campus in Morgantown. Now, in just four short years, he has become one of the most reliable kickers in College Football.
I can remember it like it was yesterday. The first time we ever laid eyes on Casey Legg as a fanbase was in 2019 against Kansas State – in significant action that is (his first career appearance came against Baylor in 2018). In what was easily the biggest win of that season, Legg made the points that really mattered in the end.
As a redshirt freshman, he nailed a 51-yard field goal to help the Mountaineers prevail in Manhattan by a final of 24-20. Had it not been for Legg, Kansas State could’ve kicked a field goal and won the game late. Those three points mattered, and it was then we knew this kid could be special.
Fast forward three years later and Legg is on an absolute tear. He has connected on 36 of his 43 career attempts (10 for 10 in 2022), including Thursday night’s game winner over Baylor. Rounded up, that is a career 84% success rate. In today’s College Football, kickers can be so sporadic. Missing seemingly automatic kicks that cost their teams games. As fans, we can take refuge in the fact that we have such a reliable “Legg” when it gets down to crunch time.
Some kickers just don’t get the love that they deserve. For Legg, this is certainly the case. So let’s pause and just appreciate what we are seeing take place in front of our eyes. The Charleston native is certainly living up to his last name with his production on the field.
Personally, I’m shocked he isn’t more of a fan favorite yet. He’s certainly one of my favorite players.
CASEY LEGG, I APPRECIATE YOU!