NASHVILLE, Tenn. –** Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey and wide receivers Harry Douglas and Justin Hunter were the featured players on the Academy Sports + Outdoor Titans Caravan on Wednesday, May 6, the fourth day of the team's annual trip through the Mid-South. The Caravan stopped Wednesday in the communities of Gallatin, Bowling Green, Ky., and Madison.
The Caravan began the day with a public autograph signing at Kroger in Gallatin and then traveled to Double Dogs in Bowling Green for a public stop. The day concluded with a public visit at Academy Sports + Outdoors in Madison.
Casey is entering his fifth NFL season. In 2014, he started all 16 games at defensive tackle and tied for the team lead with a career-high 27 quarterback pressures and a career-best 13 tackles for loss. He also led all Titans defensive linemen and ranked fourth on the team with 86 tackles and finished second on the team with five sacks. In 2013, 6-foot-1-inch, 305-pounder was named Associated Press second-team All-Pro after putting together one of the best seasons by a defensive tackle in franchise history. His 10.5 sacks set a career high and made up the second-highest total by a franchise defensive tackle since sacks became an official statistic in 1982, finishing behind only Ray Childress' 13 sacks in 1992. A third-round pick out of the University of Southern California in 2012, the Long Beach, Calif., native has played in 63 career games with 61 starts.
The Titans signed Harry Douglas during the 2015 offseason to bolster the wide receiving corps and provide depth both outside and in the slot. The 6-foot, 183-pounder spent the first seven seasons of his career as a member of the Atlanta Falcons after being drafted in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. The University of Louisville product amassed 258 receptions for 3,130 yards with eight touchdowns from 2008-2014 in Atlanta. Douglas enjoyed his greatest statistical success in 2013 while starting in place of an injured Julio Jones, when he posted career highs with 85 receptions for 1,067 yards and two touchdowns..
Hunter is entering his third NFL season. The former University of Tennessee standout was the 34th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft after the Titans traded up in the second round to select him. In 2014, Hunter appeared in 12 games and registered 28 receptions for 498 yards with three touchdowns. He also ranked third in the NFL and led the AFC with a 17.8-yard receiving average. As a rookie, Hunter played in 14 games and totaled 18 receptions for 354 yards and four touchdowns. His four touchdown receptions tied Wright (2012) and Tyrone Calico (2003) for the most by a franchise rookie since Chris Sanders' nine in 1995.
Wide receivers Justin Hunter and Harry Douglas join defensive tackle Jurrell Casey as the Academy Sports + Outdoors Caravan makes stops throughout north Nashville. (Photos: Susanna Nickell).
Academy Sports + Outdoors Titans Caravan public stops are free events that allow fans to meet players, Voice of the Titans Mike Keith, T-Rac and cheerleaders. Posters are provided at no cost to all Caravan attendees for autographs, and photos are encouraged. Public stops generally last one hour.
Titans Caravan began in 1998 as a small effort to spread goodwill through the region. Today, nine full-time staffers travel with Titans players and T-Rac through the Mid-South on a specially-decorated motor coach. Since 1998, the Caravan has made over 800 stops and allowed the team to interact directly with an estimated audience well in excess of 200,000 fans. *ABOUT ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS: *Academy Sports + Outdoors is a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer with a broad assortment of quality hunting, fishing and camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products, footwear, apparel, patio sets, barbecue grills and much more. The $4 billion company operates 193 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, where the company is based. The Academy Sports Outdoors philosophy is to deliver an unparalleled shopping experience by providing convenience, offering a broad selection of quality products, delivering exceptional customer service and selling the right stuff at everyday low prices. For more information about Academy Sports Outdoors visit academy.com, facebook.com/academy, twitter.com/academy, pinterest.com/academy, youtube.com/academy and instagram.com/academy.