Kasey Redfern played his college football for Wofford in the Southern Conference. He was both a kicker and punter for the Terriers, setting a school record as a junior with a 53-yard bomb. He was a four-year starter as a punter and kickoff specialist, taking over the kicking duties in his junior season as well. In addition to his athletic duties at Wofford, Redfern graduated with a degree in accounting.
Kasey Redfern’s Professional Career
Redfern attended the Jacksonville Jaguars mandatory minicamp in 2014 on a tryout basis. Unlike most of the participants in such tryouts, he landed a contract. He was with the Jaguars until the August 30, when he lost out to the Jaguars 2012 third-round pick Bryan Anger. He re-signed to the Jaguars practice squad in January of 2015 but again made it to the end of camp before losing his job again.
2016 was the most interesting, and likely most frustrating year of Redfern’s career thus far. In January he signed with the Chargers to a futures contract, before being cut. He later signed to Carolina. Being from owner Jerry Reese’s Alma Mater did not help Redfern make the Panthers roster though. The Panthers acquired punter Andy Lee and a 2017 seventh round pick from the Browns on August 29. They gave back Redfern and a 2018 fourth round draft pick. Six days later Redfern found himself out of work again. The Lions signed him on April 25, 2017.
Redfern has a difficult road ahead of him to make the Lions roster. There are few punters more entrenched with their teams than Sam Martin is with the Lions. Martin has four years remaining on his contract and has performed well enough to justify his salary. Redfern will serve as injury insurance for the Lions and take some of the stress off the legs of both Martin, and kicker Matt Prater during training camp in 2017. If he performs well enough in the preseason, Redfern will hope to catch on with another NFL club for the regular season.