Most Owls honored since 2008
Jackson Throws Three TDs To Earn Team MVP Honors
15th Owl honored in football
NFL evaluations begin this weekend
Rice reaches bowl eligibility for second consecutive year
2008: First-team, All C-USA selection by the conference coaches after setting a league record with 104 receptions... Named to Rivals.com's All America third team as an all purpose back... An all-star performer both on and off the field, earning second team Academic All American honors as well... Carries a 3.84 GPA with a triple major in Economics, Managerial Studies and Sport Management and has averaged 18 hours a semester since he enrolled in January, 2007... Second in the nation with 104 catches and 8.7 receptions per game... fifth with 1,217 receiving yards and seventh with 101.4 receiving yards per game... yardage total ranks third in Rice history... Needs four catches to move into third on the Owls career list... Has caught at least one pass in the last 21, and at least five catches in each of the last 18 games... Tied Jarett Dillard for the team lead with six games with at least 100 yards receiving, topped by a school-record 208-yard effort at Memphis... Won the first of three C-USA Offensive Player of the Week awards for his efforts at Memphis... Also honored vs. UTEP and Houston... Had six of his 11 catches and 120 of his 208 yards in the Owls' fourth-quarter rally at Memphis ... caught passes of 41 and 47 yards in Rice's final two offensive drives of the night... Caught 12 passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns against Houston and scored another on the ground to win his third weekly conference honor... His 172 yards were the fourth-best, single-game effort in school history... Has topped 100 yards in nine of his last 16 games and averaged 115.8 all-purpose yards (1,853 total) while catching 138 of his 150 career passes over that same stretch ... Combined with Jarett Dillard for 183 catches this season, the most by a duo in school history.... James Sykes (76) and Doug Cunningham (57) combined for 133 in 1976... Twice caught three TDs in a game (Houston and UTEP), becoming the second player in school history to have two, three-TD catch games (Dillard has eight)... Caught 12 touchdowns, 11 of them over the last seven games, becoming the second Owl to catch more than 10 TD passes in a season... Has scored 14 touchdowns in the last seven games (11 receptions, 3 rushing)... Rushed for six scores to finish the season with 18 touchdowns, the third-best total in school history behind Dillard's 2006 total of 21 and his 19 this year... Had four double-figure catch games, including three, 12-catch games (Vanderbilt, UTEP, Houston)... Carried the ball 54 times for 231 yards.... Converted 16 of 20 carries on third and fourth down this year and has converted 30 of 38 third and fourth down rushing attempts in his career... Threw his first two career touchdown passes (both to Taylor Wardlow) against Tulsa and Houston, completing a trifecta in each game by throwing a touchdown, running for one and catching one....Made his debut returning punts at Tulsa after Andrew Sendejo was injured...returned three for 50 yards vs. Southern Miss with a long of 32, the longest punt return by an Owl since Brandon King returned one 37 yards at UBA in 2005... Scored the Owls' first touchdown of the season for the second straight year ... opened 2007 with a two-yard touchdown run vs. Nicholls State, and 2008 with a seven-yard pass from Chase Clement.
2007: Freshman All America selection by the Football Writers at tight end and a second-team Freshman All-American by both The Sporting News and Rivals.com...Consensus C-USA All Freshman pick... Honorable mention All-CUSA pick by the coaches... Tied with Toren Dixon for second on the team with 46 catches and finished second on the team with 585 yards receiving... 46 receptions matched the 10th best single-season total in school history... 55 of his 91 touches on offense resulted in either a first down or a touchown. (23 of 45 rushes; 32 of 46 receptions)... Caught all but one of his passes during conference play, finishing fifth in the league in total catches during conference action and seventh in catches per game... Tied for the team lead with three, 100-yard receiving games on the year, including back-to-back efforts to close out the season... Caught a career-best 11 passes against Tulsa in the season finale... Top yardage game was his 113-yard effort against Tulane the week before... Opened the year by rushing the ball three times for 11 yards against Nicholls...First two carries resulted in first downs and his third in the first touchdown of the season... Attempted his first pass against Baylor... Picked up his first career reception, good for 16 yards, against Texas... Saw action at seven positions against Southern Miss, rushing for 39 yards and a touchdown, catching two passes for 16 yards, throwing an interception on offense, and picking up a special teams tackle and two others for losses while at defensive end... Shared a sack with Chris Jones and picked up a second tackle for loss... Caught five passes for 60 yards and his first career receiving touchdown against Memphis...Also completed his first career pass for a 24-yard gain... Named the Athletic Department's Freshman of the Year at the end of the 2007-08 school year... Awarded C-USA Academic Medal for posting a GPA of better than 3.75.
2006Retired from pro baseball at the end of the 2006 baseball season and sent out inquiries to a number of schools, including Rice, where his former HS teammate (Dustin Hufsey) was on the team and forwarded his information on to the coaching staff.
High School Standout in both football and baseball at Azle High School....All district QB as a junior in 2001, but missed most of his senior season (2002) with an injury....earned all state and academic all state honors in baseball....named Distrct 6-4A Most Valuable Player as a senior......threw a no-hitter in first varsity game...drafted in the seventh round of the 2003 Draft by the Chicago White Sox...was cited by Baseball America as possessing the Best Fastball from the Sox 2003 draft class...Pitched in the White Sox system for three seasons at the Rookie League level before he was released. Played for a pair of independent teams in 2006 (Fort Worth and Laredo) before retiring....member of the National Honor Society at Azele HS.
Personal Full Name: James Byron Casey... Born: September 22, 1984 at Fort Worth... Wife: Kylie... Father: Jerry Casey, Mother in Law: Holly Henderson.... RIce major: econoics and sports management.