Kody Kasey makes a 41-yard return Saturday. Photo by Richard Davis
Football - Wed, Oct. 12, 2016
Calling Georgetown College football's Kody Kasey inspirational is putting it mildly. The junior continues to impress, motivate and encourage his teammates with his heart, athletic abilities and drive. Every year veteran coach Bill Cronin hopes for a leader such as Kasey, but this year it almost seems God ordained to have him back in the huddle and on the field.
"Kody is a special individual, and we knew it the moment he arrived, but to see it further unfold with what he's been through is hard to put in words," Cronin said. "He's been a rallying force and a strong reminder to walk through difficult times. This year has been filled with its share of difficult experiences, but every day we come together as a family to practice and play, loving and supporting each other all the way."
Kasey underwent a larger than life test following a leg injury midway through his sophomore year in 2014. He was sidelined all of 2015 as countless surgeries to fix his broken leg failed. It became evident that the only option for a regular life would be to amputate it below the knee.
"For me, it was the next step, and I knew God had a plan for this," Kasey said. "It is easy to get caught up in the why me or be depressed, but if you look at the larger picture you know that this will all be okay."
It is more than okay for the Ohio native. He re-joined the team for January workouts and has been back on the field multiple times as a return man during this 2016 season. His most electrifying moment was this past Saturday when he went 41 yards. Bluefield teed it up to start the second half and blasted a kick toward Kasey.
He fielded it at the Georgetown 1 and evaded and shed would be tacklers to the Tiger 42 yard line.
"His heart and drive is unmatched, which just fuels the rest of our team," Cronin said. "What a play to start the second half and really get us going."
GC won Homecoming 28-7.
Through six games, Kasey has played in four with two returns of 60 yards total – a 30 yard per return average.
The junior made his mark as a rookie at Georgetown with his defensive play at cornerback. In 2013, Kasey played in seven games with 18 total tackles – 13 solo – a half tackle for a loss of 2.5 yards, one interception, two pass break-ups and one blocked kick. He also had seven kick-off returns for 166 yards. For his efforts he was named to the All Mid-South Conference East Team.
"The possibilities for Kody's level of achievements are endless," Cronin said. "You can't put a ceiling on him because he's just going to break through and surprise people.
"He worked hard to earn his spot as a freshman on a team that doesn't play many freshmen. A lot of our guys take redshirts that first season, getting adjusted to the speed and physicality of the college game. He showed us he didn't need that and more importantly that we benefited from having him on the field. He's still doing that."
Kasey's goal was to be back playing the game he loved and making a difference in the program he loves. It is easy to see he is doing both, making it difficult to sum up his value to Tiger football.