WVU place kicker and Charleston, West Virginia native Casey Legg was awarded a full scholarship today at practice.
Legg, a redshirt junior, graduated from Cross Lanes Christian School before college where he played soccer. Cross Lanes Christian did not have a football program, so Legg didn’t even attempt to kick a football until his senior year of high school.
Legg was taught how to kick a football by former WVU kickoff specialist Michael Molinari. After picking up on the art of place kicking, Legg was offered a walk-on position with the Mountaineers in 2018.
Legg got his first real action in the 2019 season. In a game at No. 9 Baylor, Legg had to fill in for injured kicker Evan Staley. Legg went 2-for-2 on extra points and was also asked to be in a high-pressure situation. The Mountaineers were down by three points with just 3:33 left in the game and head coach Neal Brown sent Legg out to attempt a 43-yard field goal, even though he had never attempted a kick in his career.
Legg went out and made the kick, but it was called back because of a delay-of-game penalty. Legg then attempted a 48-yard field goal that was blocked by the Bears, but Mountaineer nation was left with a comforting hope for the future with their new kicker.
Legg finished off 2019 strong, as he was able to make a career-long 51-yard field goal at Kansas State. In 2020, Legg made five field goals in seven attempts, with a long of 45 yards. Legg also was perfect on the 2020 season with extra points.
In the 2021 season, Legg has proven why he is deserving of a scholarship. Legg has made 13 field goals in 14 attempts so far. Legg has also made all 20 of his extra point attempts on the season.
In WVU’s most recent victory against TCU, Legg made three field goals, including one from 49-yards out. This performance earned Legg the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week Award.