Started all 13 games and was named first team all-Sun Belt Conference... Led North Texas and finished second in the Sun Belt with a career-high 117 tackles... He had more tackles last season than in his previous two seasons combined... Led the team in tackles in seven of the 13 games last season... His nine tackles for a loss were second-best on the team... Had two quarterback sacks and his three fumble recoveries sharing the team-high with nose tackle Brandon Kennedy... Finished with double-figure tackles six times, including 16 stops twice in games against South Florida and New Mexico State... Set a career-high for tackles in a single game on three occasions... Was twice named Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week last season... Taylor was awarded the Joe Green Award for Outstanding Defensive Player by the coaching staff and named second team Verizon Academic All-District VI.
In his first season as a full time starter, Casey finished fourth on the team with 67 tackles... Started all 12 games, recording a season-high nine tackles on three different occasions, including back-to-back games against Oklahoma and Texas Tech... Led the team with seven tackles against South Florida... Casey also had a fumble recovery against New Mexico State that led to the game-winning touchdown for North Texas... Also recorded six tackles for a loss and one quarterback sack.
Won the Byron Gross Award as the Mean Green’s top linebacker (Brad Kassell was named team MVP) after registering 29 total tackles. Casey also had two tackles for loss and recovered one fumble. His best game came against Boise State when he had a career high 10 tackles including one for loss. He had six tackles against Idaho and three each against Kansas State, UL Lafayette and Arkansas State. He also recovered a fumble against UL Lafayette.
He was a state Top 100 recruit by The Dallas Morning News. He was the only player in District 4-5A to earn first team all-district honors on both sides of the ball (linebacker and tight end). He was the All-Permian Basin Defensive MVP as selected by the Odessa American. He had 100 tackles as a senior including six tackles for loss. He was a two-time all-district pick at linebacker and was an all-Permian Basin pick as a junior. This fall he had 95 total tackles to lead the team including six tackles for loss. On the offensive side of the ball he had 15 catches, including four for scores. As a junior he had 25 receptions for 347 yards and one touchdown. He was an honorable mention all-state pick at linebacker by the Associated Press. Coached by Jim Carson. Taylor is the son of Leland and Debby Casey and was born September 5, 1981 in Odessa.