Despite What He Says, Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk Should Go to the NFL Now

Ben KerchevalCollege Football Lead WriterDecember 6, 2013

WACO, TX - OCTOBER 19: Lache Seastrunk #25 of the Baylor Bears breaks free against the Iowa State Cyclones on October 19, 2013 at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
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Barring a change of heart, Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty says he will return in 2014. Will Bears running back Lache Seastrunk do the same?

At a student event on Thursday, Seastrunk said he would like to return to Waco for one more season. 

The operative word there is "want." No one should be doubting Seastrunk's intent. Plenty of players want to return for another year with their team, and their reasons are legit. Relationships with teammates and coaches are factors, and in Baylor's case, there is a chance at a Big 12 title. 

The difference is whether "want" turns into "will." Ultimately, whatever Seastrunk chooses should be respected. He's mature enough to understand the pros and cons of his decision. 

That said, if you're Seastrunk, there's probably nothing left to prove at the college level. His stats in two years at Baylor are what some running backs only wish they could have in a career. He's amassed nearly 2,000 yards on the ground and 18 touchdowns. He's had 11 games of at least 100 yards rushing, eight of which came in a row dating back to 2012. 

Beyond the numbers, though, Seastrunk has rare change-of-direction ability that, combined with his speed, makes him difficult to tackle. Though the Bears offense was able to keep going without Seastrunk this season when he was sidelined with a groin injury, it was clear his speed and burst were sorely missed. 

On that subject, health is always a concern when weighing whether to return to college for another year—as is room for improvement. has an extensive write-up on Seastrunk's strengths and weaknesses. The biggest area where Seastrunk must improve is the passing game, both in protection and catching the ball. 

Seastrunk only has seven career receptions at Baylor, and all came last year. Running backs simply haven't been a part of the passing attack for the Bears this season. 

But does that really warrant returning for another year? Seastrunk has likely reached his draft ceiling, though if he leaves now he may be able to climb the boards with a good combine. 

Baylor still has one more game to play in the regular season: a home game this Saturday against Texas. A decision by Seastrunk may not come for a month or so, either. He's accomplished a lot in two years, so it wouldn't be surprising if he took off for the next level. 

Certainly, no one could blame him.