'63 squad completed undefeated season as 14th ranked team in nation
Dave Casinelli came to then Memphis State University in the fall of 1960. The Follensbee, West Virginia, native received high school all-America honors as a senior. Casinelli played for former head coach Billy J. Murphy from 1960 through 1963 and ended his career by leading the nation in rushing and scoring, while guiding the Tigers to an undefeated season in 1963.
During his first year as a starter, Casinelli led Memphis in rushing with 646 yards on 117 carries. His nine touchdowns in 1961 also led the squad in scoring. As a junior, "The Bull" gained 826 yards in 173 attempts while scoring 11 touchdowns. In his record-breaking senior year, Casinelli became the first Tiger to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season when he tallied 1,063 on 219 attempts. His 1,016 yards ranked him first among all NCAA rushers and his 14 touchdowns helped capture the national scoring title.
Following graduation, Casinelli became a successful businessman in Memphis and Tallahassee, Florida. He died in a car accident in 1987.