Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk, who was pegged by media representatives as the Big 12's preseason Offensive Player of the Year, continued to make bold statements on his team's behalf at a Big 12 media day on Tuesday.
When asked about what possibilities lie in store for the Baylor Bears in 2013, Seastrunk predicted that his team could go all the way—and so could he.
"Big 12 championship, national title. Heisman Trophy winner. Why not?" Seastrunk said.
Seven months ago, in a report by Steve Greenberg of Sporting News, the running back made headlines by declaring that he would win the Heisman Trophy this upcoming season.
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.
I'm going to win the Heisman. I'm going to win it in 2013. If I don't, I'm going to get very close.
The first question Seastrunk was asked at Tuesday's breakout session of Big 12 media days was whether or not he regretted that comment.
"Why should I regret it? I said it. You want me to take it back? People are going to be negative, they're always going to have their negative comments," Seastrunk said. "If I believe in my heart, it can happen."
On Tuesday, though, his predictions were more focused on the team as a whole. He feels that the Bears are being overlooked.
"Everybody always belittles Baylor," Seastrunk said. "They projected us to finish fifth in the Big 12 preseason poll, and that's fine, so we're going to take that."
Seastrunk said that his teammates supported him in the predictions he made.
"My lineman for example supported me," Seastrunk said. "They said we're going to try to lead you there, it's a team effort."
Another big supporter of Seastrunk is his head coach, Art Briles. Briles believes that his running back has exactly the right attitude.
"He's always that way. Everybody thinks that he's just this guy with the big bold predictions," Briles said. "But if you're a pretty premier, elite athlete and I ask you if you think you're good enough to win the Heisman, I would want you to say 'yes sir'."
In the end, Briles said that Seatrunk's Heisman prediction was right on point.
"He made one statement that I'm proud of," Briles said. "I don't want our guys thinking they're not great. We want them to be great."
All quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.