Sadly, WVU kicker Evan Staley announced today that he is out for the remainder of the season via Twitter. He will have surgery next week, and will have a long road to recovery ahead of him. In the meantime, West Virginia native Casey Legg will take over placekicking duties for the Mountaineers.
Over the last two seasons, Legg has been been used sparingly. However, in his limited playing time, he has looked solid.
Legg has hit four of his six career field goal attempts (one of which was blocked), and has a career long of 51-yards, per Sports Reference. Not only have his numbers been solid for a college kicker, but he has had some big moments as well.
Against Kansas State in 2019, his 51-yard field goal helped lift the Mountaineers to a 24-20 upset victory over the Wildcats in Manhattan. Legg has ice in his veins, and this is exactly what the Mountaineers need in their kicker moving forward.
It is unusual that a kicker be lost to injury. It is football, however, and that is the nature of the beast. The kicker is one of the most pivotal positions on a football team, and Legg absolutely has to step in and produce – and that he will.
A kicker with the last name “Legg” is destined to succeed, and Casey has all of the tools to go along with it. His strong leg and accurate kicks are enough to have him competing for the permanent job even after this situation is resolved. Mountaineer Nation should have all the confidence in Legg moving forward, and they should believe he will help this team win important games down the stretch.