December 01, 2017
By: Steve Degler
The Lehigh football season ended on Long Island last weekend with a 59-29 loss at Stony Brook in the opening round of the FCS playoffs. Along with it, the careers of two of the best wide receivers to wear a Mountain Hawks uniform came to a close as well.
Lehigh has produced some outstanding wide receivers (Steve Kreider, Ryan Spadola, Rennie Benn, Dave Cecchini, etc.) and Gatlin Casey and Troy Pelletier are now part of that group. Pelletier has re-written the Lehigh and Patriot League records books and Casey's numbers are mind-blowing when you consider he achieved them in three seasons.
Pelletier, at 6-3/210, possesses what you want in a receiver. He has size, strength and speed to go along with precision route running and great hands. He finished his career with 328 catches, 4,216 yards and 37 touchdowns. All three categories are Patriot League records. And the first two are school marks. Only Benn reached the end zone more as a Lehigh receiver. Pelletier's senior season featured a school record 105 catches. Head Coach Andy Coen has no doubt that Pelletier will be in an NFL camp next summer.
Casey is also listed at 6-3/210. He has many of the same qualities as Pelletier. Casey's blinding speed also made him a valuable commodity as a kick returner. Despite being banged up for most of his final season, Casey still managed 60 receptions for 854 yards and 12 touchdowns. For his career, Casey finished tenth at Lehigh in receptions (156), sixth in yardage (2,477) and third in TDs (30). Incredibly, Casey scored a touchdown on 20% of his catches. He's the Cris Carter on Lehigh football!! Hopefully a team at the next level gives him a chance.
Lehigh will return a lot of offensive weapons in 2018. Quarterback Brad Mayes and running back Dom Bragalone are climbing up the career records lists with another season to play. But replacing Pelletier and Casey is going to be a very tall task.
(PHOTOS COURTESY OF: Lehigh Athletics)