LB Mike Causey: "Leads By Example"

Demon Deacon signee Mike Causey is quite the athlete. A player who played a host of sports at Laney High School in Wilmington, N.C., Causey will take his act to Winston-Salem next year. <P>

Mike Causey, a 6'1.5, 204-pound linebacker from Wilmington, N.C. signed with the Deacons in early February, officially making the talented athlete a Demon Deacon. Causey, who may try his hand at baseball as well at Wake Forest, is going to be good one according Laney High School coach Chuck Martin.

"He's been a two year starter at inside linebacker," said Laney coach Chuck Martin. "He's been the utility player on offense. We've placed him at wideout, running back, quarterback and he did a good job at all those positions."

Causey averaged twelve tackles per game as a senior with a high of 18 and a low of ten.

"He's a fine high school linebacker and I'm sure once he gets built up a little more in the weight room, he'll fit right in at Wake with the 3-3-5 defense," Martin said. "He's a very quick and physical young man. You just don't have many of those at the high school level."

But the Deacon staff found him. How did Wake Forest find out about Causey? "They started showing interest last spring. They were coming around and checking out film and saw him on tape."

Other schools came by later and showed interest just before he committed, but it was too late at that point. Schools also continued to look at Causey for baseball as well. "[After he committed,] there were some [schools] in baseball that were talking to him as far as I understand. Mike's a very good baseball player and a wrestler. He was a state 4-A champ as a junior in the 189 weight class. He's had other college baseball offers but he's decided he wants to play football too. Who knows what the future might bring but whatever it is I know he'll give 100%."

"He leads by example," Martin continued. "He was always the Charlie hustle. You have to think really, really hard if a kid beat him on a sprint the entire season. Michael was always the first in the conditioning drills, always first in line in the tackling drills. I'm just impressed with his personality and character."

According to Coach Martin, this is a reflection on his parents and family. "He's a fine high school athlete," Martin said, "and a good kid. He comes from a fine, fine family. His mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Causey, raised him well. He's a yes sir, no sir individual and respects his teacher and peers. He's a young man that leads by example. He's not necessarily the most vocal but he gets fired up – you've got to get emotional to win the 4A wrestling championship."

"He's just a great athlete," Martin said, getting back to the athlete side of Causey. "The thing about Michael is he can run. Not only can he stop the run but he can run. He can run like a defensive back and he can run with backs out of the backfield."

Martin believes with work in the weight room, Causey can become a big force at Wake Forest in the future – barring injury. "I hope he stays healthy and if he does stay healthy, he'll have a very good career at Wake Forest University."


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