BELTON, Texas- News of Casey Buck’s decision to transfer to UMHB for this upcoming season bolstered the Crusader linebackers unit on Monday afternoon.
Buck, who spent three seasons at NAIA Wayland Baptist University, heads to Belton with two years of eligibility remaining, and will undoubtedly compete for one of the starting linebacker jobs this fall.
“I’ve kept this pretty private but I’m excited to announce I have decided to transfer and use my last two years of eligibility at The University of Mary Hardin Baylor,” Buck said Monday in a Twitter post. “Thank you to Wayland Baptist University for my time there and to the people who have stuck by me. God Bless.”
Wayland Baptist was one of the few small college schools in Texas to play games in both the fall and spring this past year, with a schedule that featured seven contests.
Buck tallied 42 tackles, 17 of those solo, and also recorded 5.0 tackles for loss. He was active in pass coverage, with two pass breakups and an interception that he returned 29 yards.
The UMHB linebackers unit will likely be one of the strongest in Div. III football this coming season, as Buck joins a veteran group that also includes Mikkah Hackett, Akeem Jackson and Jacob Mueller. However, it has not been confirmed that those three will all return for the 2021 season.
The 6’0, 210 lb Buck hails from Andrews, Texas, which is also the hometown of former UMHB quarterback and current graduate assistant Jase Hammack.