How a Mormon kid from Utah ended up playing football at Florida A&M
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Perhaps it would make a great trivia question one day.
Name the only athlete from Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah, to earn a football scholarship and play wide receiver at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Fla.
The answer, at least for now, is Casey Glines.
Glines and his wife, Carol, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, left their apartment at Ephraim’s Snow College and moved across the country a few weeks before fall camp. There was something exhilarating about the idea, she said.
“We could have gone up to Utah State and Florida is so far away,” Carol Glines said. “We went for the adventure of it.”
They have had to adjust to a new team, schedules, schoolwork and surroundings, but the Glineses are happy.
“We went into this blind, but this is what we need to be doing,” Casey Glines said. “I’ve learned you keep going, regardless of how bad things may seem. You always strive to do better, to do the best you can with what you can.”
Getting to FAMU
As young man at Union High, Glines was a three-time letterman and all-state athlete.
He leaned toward basketball as his favorite sport, and at 6-foot-6, he drew interest from the University of Alaska-Anchorage before deciding to serve an LDS mission in North Carolina.
But when he returned, a friend talked him into trying football at Snow College.
“I said, ‘Why not?’” Glines said.
As a towering athlete with sure hands, he developed into a reliable receiver for the Badgers. In two years he caught 34 passes for 506 yards and three touchdowns.
As his junior college career drew to a close, Utah State coaches invited him to bulk up and walk on, but it didn’t work out. Glines thought his football career was over.
During spring break, however, he received a call from Florida A&M offensive coordinator Quinn Gray, who had somehow managed to see Glines’ game highlights.
“What would it take to get you to come here?” Gray said.
“Pay for school,” Glines said, “and I will come.”
Glines had observed closely when his older sister played volleyball at Western Wyoming before accepting an offer to compete at Alaska-Anchorage.
“She learned a lot and I could tell it was a really good experience for her,” Glines said. “So when I had a similar opportunity with Florida A&M, I thought it would be a good learning experience.”
Casey married Carol Brown in the Manti Temple in July 2012. Although she had lived her entire life in Ephraim, Utah, she agreed with her husband.
“I was in it for an adventure,” she said. “My poor mother has missed me so much, but it’s only two years. I can do anything if I can see a light at the end of the tunnel.”
The Florida adventure started on a sour note.
For two weeks all the couple had in their new place was a blow-up mattress, Casey’s PlayStation, a small TV and a few other items. For whatever reason, the moving trucks had been delayed. It was a frustrating few weeks, Glines said.
“They took their sweet time,” he said.
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