Must-See Mountain Hawk week 3: Gatlin Casey


This is the third edition of what is a weekly installment in The Brown and White sports section. The Must-See Mountain Hawk series gives recognition to one of Lehigh’s top performers.

For the second consecutive week, a Mountain Hawk on the gridiron garners the Must-See Mountain Hawk as junior wide receiver Gatlin Casey is this week’s recipient after a career day against Princeton University on Saturday afternoon.

Casey caught six passes for a career-high 148 yards while hauling in two touchdowns, which included a 56-yard reception where the wideout broke multiple tackles en route to end zone and his second touchdown of the day. The touchdown was Lehigh’s longest play from scrimmage this season.

“The play wasn’t really designed for me but (Nick) Shafnisky and I just have that chemistry,” Casey said. “I saw the guy coming at my back to hit me so I just embraced the contact and bounced right off him.”

Gatlin’s first touchdown was a 42-yard diving catch to help Lehigh regain a 14-7 lead, a lead the Mountain Hawks wouldn’t surrender the rest of the way.

Through the first four games, Casey has accumulated 270 receiving yards on 15 receptions to go along with a team-high three receiving touchdowns. The biology major is on pace to eclipse his 2015 numbers of 488 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns.

“Our offense has so many weapons so it makes it hard for a defense to prepare for us,” Casey said. “You can’t only stop the run or only stop the pass. It gives us opportunities and all we got to do is make the plays.”

As a team, the Mountain Hawks tallied 621 yards of offense. Casey benefited from Shafnisky’s career-high 464 passing yards. The Lehigh offense has tallied 91 points in its past two games after combining for 42 points in its first two weeks.

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