Lache Seastrunk: Talented Baylor Runner Has the Goods to Backup Heisman Boast
Most people have never heard of Lache Seastrunk before he predicted himself the Heisman Winner in 2013. Watch some footage on this kid, though, and you'll see a runningback for whom the sky is the limit.
Check out what Seastrunk did against Texas Tech during his 19-carry, 136-yard performance. His devastating juke move had the Tech defense in fits as he consistently churned out yards.
Maybe most impressively, though, Seastrunk just does not go down. He always falls forward on his runs, and he drags tacklers an extra yard or two before going down.
Those who follow recruiting closely will remember Seastrunk as a five-star Oregon recruit at running back, touted for his incredible speed and above-average power. While Seastrunk never caught on in Eugene, he fit right in for Baylor.
Getting on the field took some time for Seastrunk, as he never got double-digit carries in a game until November 3 against Kansas when he gained 194 total yards, including a 68-yard touchdown catch. From there, though, Seastrunk took off.
Over Baylor's last five games, Seastrunk racked up 691 yards and five touchdowns, an average of 138.2 yards per game. Not coincidentally, that five game span also saw Baylor go 4-1, with the only loss being a near upset of Oklahoma.
This level of success will be hard to maintain, but Seastrunk is confident in his abilities. In his Heisman prediction, he claimed, "I feel like there's no back who can do what I do. I know I'm the fastest back in the country. I know I'm the best back in the country. Nobody's going to work harder." (ESPN.com)
This is arrogance bordering on lunacy, but I like it. Baylor was a 3-4 football team before Seastrunk took over as the top back, with their most impressive win coming against Louisana-Monroe. With Seastrunk's dynamic running and swagger, the Bears took down the number one team in the country and finished 4-1.
If anything, the Bears need more of this swagger to complete the transformation from Big-12 basketcase to national contender. If the Bears and Seastrunk can keep their hot-streak running into 2013, expect Baylor to do just that.
When that happens, Seastrunk will look like a soothsayer and have the hardware to prove it.
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