What are your measurements
(height, weight and forty time)?
6’2”, 220 and I think last summer I ran a 4.75 and a
4.85 the second time. I guess that I am right
around 4.80 range.
Coming out of high school,
what programs showed interest in you?
There were quite a few. Murray State, Illinois
State, UT Martin, Lindsey Wilson in Kentucky,
Harding University in Arkansas and Southwest Baptist
out in Missouri. Memphis also told me that I can walk-on.
What made you choose Murray State?
I grew up here. I lived here in this area for 15 or
16 years. My brother was on the team at that time.
My parents went to school here. I wanted to stay
close to home. I was hoping that they would give me
a scholarship. They gave a scholarship at QB to
another guy. They told me that I can walk-on. I
had decent grades coming out of high school, and it
was the same money situation if I came here. I was
hoping that I would earn some playing time when I
chose to come here.
Describe your career at Murray State up to this point.
I wasn’t expecting to play my freshman year. I was
expecting to redshirt since I was a walk-on. We
weren’t doing well that season. With three games
left in the season, my coach said that I would start
the rest of the season. You have to take that
opportunity when things like that come your way.
You never know when you will be asked to play
again. Then that staff got fired, and coach Hatcher
came in. The following spring, I battled the
incoming senior for the starting spot. He actually
won the job coming out of camp. He started five
games. Then I started the last six games. We ended
the season pretty strong that year. We got a lot of
momentum coming into this past year. We went 7-4
last year. We still didn’t play as well as I had
hoped for. In that respect, we still have some
things to accomplish. We didn’t win the
conference. As a team, we still have a lot of
goals. We didn’t reach our full potential last
year. I didn’t accomplish the goals that I had set
out for myself. I hope to come away with the
What have you learned about your team coming out of
I feel like we needed to fill some holes on the
offensive line and defensively. We filled the left
tackle spot and left guard spot. I feel really
comfortable with those two new guys. Our
all-conference running back left, and our backup
from last year was outstanding in the spring.
Offensively, we will be just fine. We have a few
transfer guys coming in on defense. Our team speed
defensively has improved dramatically. It is great
to see how everyone just flies around. It is our
third year in that defensive system, and everyone
knows where to go. There is no hesitation on the
part of the defense. This is my fourth year and
this is the fastest defense that we have ever had.
What are your expectations for
this upcoming senior season from a team and
We expect to win the conference and make a push in
the playoffs. We haven’t won the conference or made
the playoffs in 10 years. We want to make some
noise in the playoffs and surprise some people.
Individually if I can live up to all of the
preseason awards and accolades, it will be plenty
for me. If all of those preseason awards do come
true, that means our team was successful. It means
that our team did well. Our team would be awarded
with even more awards and more accolades.
What is the highlight of your
career up to this point?
I have had a few really, really big games. But they
don’t even come to mind. I remember when I got to
play the final three games my freshman year. My
brother was a backup fullback on the team that
year. He never really got to play. During the last
game of the season, I completed two passes to him
for 26 yards. We never completed passes to each
other. We never played on the same team together
except for the freshman year of high school. It was
pretty neat to complete those passes to him. It was
his last game in college.
Casey, what qualities should a
quarterback have in order to be successful on any
First thing, you have to know the offense. You need
to know where everyone needs to be on every play.
You need to know the playbook. You have to be the
leader of the team. I am still working on that. I
am sure that even Peyton Manning and those guys are
still working on their leadership skills. You need
to know when to get in everybody’s face and when to
pad guys on the back instead of yelling at them.
You got to know everybody. You need to be able to
relate to everybody. You also have to be one of the
hardest workers on the team.
What separates you from all of the other players at
That is a good question. It has to be my
competitiveness. I am pretty competitive. It
doesn’t matter if we are playing the game called
“racer ball” with 10 people or it is the fourth
quarter of the game. I hate losing. I will do
anything to not lose. Also our offense is very
unique. We play very fast and quick. We have a
hurry-up offense where we run about 100 plays a
game. It is hard for defenses to prepare for that.
It makes me that much better as a quarterback. I
also have good weapons around me.
What are your strengths?
My ability to keep plays alive when the play breaks
down. I can get outside the pocket when the play
breaks down or when the DL is able to get through on
a rush. I can still complete a big pass downfield
or complete a big third down.
Alex Khvatov: What
areas of your game do you need to improve upon?
I still could improve my arm strength. I also need
to improve my body language. When things don’t go
well, I often come to the sideline and get down a
little bit. I improved a lot on that towards the
end of last season, but I still need to improve on
it. I need to stay positive, upbeat and keep my
chin up the whole time. I need to remember that
everyone is looking at me.
What is your favorite NFL
The Arizona Cardinals, as weird as that is.
You are from Kentucky, why is it the Arizona Cardinals?
My brother was a big fan of Larry Fitzgerald when he
was coming out of Pittsburgh. They also had Anquan Boldin who
had that 1,000 yard rookie season. He played a
little bit of QB in college. I started liking them
when he had that big season. I was a big Fitzgerald
fan when he was coming out of college as well. I
have been rooting for them ever since they got those
two guys. They had that good run with Kurt Warner.
I am still kind of devastated when Santonio Holmes
caught that pass in the corner of the end zone for a
TD in the Super Bowl against them. But I won’t go
there because I might start tearing up. The Arizona
Cardinals are my favorite NFL team.
Who is your favorite NFL
Probably Fitzgerald, not even a quarterback.
Is Larry Fitzgerald the best
wide receiver in the NFL right now?
I can’t say no to that. It would be like
backstabbing him. But you can’t go wrong with
Calvin Johnson as well.
Which underclassmen on your
team should we keep an eye on in the future?
Our RB Duane Brady showed a lot of good things last
year when he played. He did really well in the
spring. He will be a junior. Our junior safety
Brandon Wicks had over 100 tackles each of the last
two years. I think that he might have led our team
in tackles last year. LB Qua Huzzie only played in
nine games, but he led the conference in tackles for
losses. He transferred from Kentucky. WR Walter Powell had a big year for
us last season. He should catch 60 or 70 passes for
us this year.
What are your hobbies?
I like to relax. I like to hang out with the rest
of the guys on the team. I play video games. Golf
is number one. I love to golf. During the summer,
I work a lot.
How good are you at golf?
At our local course, I shot a 76. That was my best
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it
be and why?
Maybe Katy Perry. She is really good looking. It
is the only person that comes to mind.
What do you plan to do with
your life after your football career is over?
I might want to coach or get into a sports front
office. It could be either a football or a baseball
front office. I hope to work my way up to be a
What do you enjoy most about
Just being around everybody. I have made friends
with a lot of guys on the team and the relationships
that I have built with them. No other sport gives
you that opportunity. Football has the most people
on a team. Going in the locker room an hour
earlier, talking to them and watching TV before the
What makes you a unique
I guess that I have red hair. Matt Bonner and
Scalabrine are the two most famous red-headed
athletes out there.
How does it feel being a small fish in a large pond?
Last year, I got some recognition, but I kind of got
used to it. I tried to play out of character last
year. I will try not to put as much pressure on
myself as last year. I have gotten used to this
attention. Most of the people around town already
knew me since high school. It hasn’t really changed
much. At the same time, it is neat getting this
recognition and have excitement around the football
program. We haven’t had that in a long time.
Finish the sentence, Casey
Outgoing. I also like to have fun and enjoy
life. I don’t take much stuff too seriously.