Jacksonville, Ala.--A former walk-on at Jacksonville State turned two-time All-American center for the Gamecocks, former Hewitt-Trussville standout Casey Dunn is ready for his final chapter as a college football player after deciding to transfer to Auburn to play the 2017 season as a grad transfer.
“It has been a pretty exciting week,” the 6-3, 290 Dunn said. “It has always been a big dream coming out of high school. I didn’t have any offers and walked on at Jacksonville State. It has been a humbling week. I went in Monday and talked to Jacksonville State and Coach (John) Grass. I can’t thank them enough for the past four years. Just being able to play my last year at Auburn is exciting and it hasn’t really set in yet. It’s pretty exciting.”
Getting his degree in Industrial Leadership from Jacksonville State in December, Dunn said he knew he wanted to do more before he finished college and that wasn’t just on the football field. Petitioning to get a fifth year back following an injury as a sophomore and finally getting word of that two weeks ago, Dunn started to look for a place he could continue his education and football career. With Auburn’s engineering programs among the best in the country, he said getting to pursue that field even more and also test his football skills in the SEC was an important part of why he decided to make the move to play for the Tigers.
“It’s pretty big,” Dunn said. “One of the big things for me is that I finished four years of college at Jacksonville and loved it. I loved playing for Coach Grass and all of the coaches here and my teammates. I just got my degree and coming out of high school I always wanted to pursue an engineering degree.
“I’m hoping to pursue that when I get to Auburn. They have applied engineering at Jacksonville, but with civil engineering at Auburn and getting to pursue that degree I’ve always wanted and play football is a huge dream of mine I’ve always had.”
Dunn is shown in action during the 2015 season in a game at Auburn.
His dream of being an engineer and playing football didn’t always include Auburn, however. Growing up around Birmingham, Dunn said he actually followed Alabama when he was young, but has quickly grown to lean more towards Auburn with both his siblings now on the Plains.
“Truthfully, I grew up being an Alabama fan, but the tables kind of turned when a couple of my buddies went down there,” Dunn said. “Now my brother Riley (junior) and my sister Courtney (freshman) are both down there.”
Planning to get to Auburn as soon as the spring semester ends to get a head start on learning the offense before next season, Dunn said his goal remains to help the team in any way possible and wherever Coach Herb Hand needs him to play.
“I’m just treating it like being a signee right now,” Dunn said. “I’ll start in the summer. My goal is just to play, just any way I can help the team. I want to win in the SEC and win a national championship. I’ll do anything I can to help and work as hard as I’ve ever worked to be able to compete at this level of football.”