Elliott column: Tech senior hopes to follow dad

Elliott column: Tech senior hopes to follow dad


Elliott column: Tech senior hopes to follow dad


Casey Underwood’s earliest memories revolve around football.

Be the son of a college football coach and it’s difficult not to have spent a lot of time with it.

Fortunately for the Underwoods, Casey loves it.

“If football was all year round, I’d definitely play it,” said Underwood, who also plays baseball. “It’s definitely a priority.”

Casey Underwood was a starting wide receiver Friday night for the St. Cloud Tech football team.

He has also played extensively as a defensive back and has helped lead the Tigers into an intriguing game next Friday night at St. Cloud Apollo.

“I’m happy, I guess, to get my chance to see if I can do something, hopefully,” he said.

Though he has emerged with the Tigers, the Underwood best known in these parts is his dad, St. Cloud State head football coach Scott Underwood.

Scott Underwood has been the Huskies’ head coach since 2008.

His undefeated team has a huge game Saturday at Minnesota-Duluth.

Casey Underwood will be there. Long Saturday road trips are part of the routine for the Underwoods. That’s the way of life for a college football family in the NSIC, not that Casey minds.

He loves the game and hopes to play it collegiately and coach it some day. It’s in his genetics.

“I’ve always wanted to play football,” said the 6-foot-2, 170-pounder. “I want to play football somewhere in college.

“I’m going to see how the rest of the season goes. If there’s no scholarship, maybe I’ll walk-on at the D-2 level or go somewhere like St. John’s.”

So, a certain head football coach at St. Cloud State hasn’t talked to you? No, he said.

“If I asked him, he’d probably put me on the practice squad,” Underwood said.

“I haven’t talked to him.”

Scott Underwood has to be careful even about watching his son play because of NCAA rules.

When Tech scrimmaged in August, Casey said his dad had to be real careful about who he talked to during the day.

“He told me, ‘I only can talk to you; I can’t talk to anyone else,'” Casey Underwood said.

It’s tricky because the Tigers have a half-dozen college football prospects this season.

“We’ve got a good group,” Underwood said. “A couple of them will go somewhere at least.”

Underwood hopes to be one of them.

Until then, he’s hoping he can help get Tech into the state playoffs.

Note that he isn’t the only father-son football combination at Tech.

Junior wide receiver Jake Martig is playing for his dad, Tech head coach Gregg Martig.

And note that Casey’s younger brother Brady also loves football.

Expect to see him wearing black and orange soon.

Casey said he spends some time with his dad each Sunday or Monday talking about Tech’s game the previous Friday.

They go over the video.

For a lot of reasons, Scott Underwood can’t make very many Tech games.

He’s busy.

Football coaches in football season tend to put in an enormous amount of hours.

That’s all right with Casey.

He loves it, too.


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