A player that once was the center of a recruiting scandal is now living his dream of being a starting collegiate running back.
Lache Seastrunk, once a 5-star recruit Oregon recruit, has found himself in a position that could not be better for him. After enrolling at the University of Oregon,
Seastrunk was found to be connected to the now infamous owner of Complete Scouting Services Willie Lyles. The NCAA found that the University of Oregon paid
Lyles $25,000 for his company’s services shortly after Seastrunk committed to the school.
The violation was that Lyles may have influenced Seastrunk to commit to the Ducks. Whether or not he committed for this reason, it was still found to be in violation of the NCAA rules.
Before playing a down for the Ducks, Seastrunk transferred to Baylor. After sitting out the 2011 season in Waco, Seastrunk was expected to contribute in 2012. Although he finished the season with 1,012 yards rushing on just 131 carries, he didn’t really contribute until 8 games into the season.
His carries were limited by two veteran backs in front of him on the depth chart. Glasco Martin and Jarred Selubi led the Bears in rushing the first half of the season until Seastrunk took over has the second part of Baylor’s “1-2 punch” in the backfield. In Baylor’s last six games (including the team’s bowl game), Seastrunk gained 831 yards on the ground. He also found the endzone seven times during that span.
Although not used much as a receiver in 2012, Seastrunk caught nine passes for 109 yards and scored once.
That was 2012, this is 2013. I expect Seastrunk to have a breakout season in 2013. Baylor is know for having a high-flying offense in recent years, but the running backs know how to rack up yards. With an athlete like Seastrunk in the backfield, the Baylor coaching staff would be foolish to not utilize his ability in some way. Remember, the kid was recruited by Oregon, a school known for mainly its speed.
Expect Seastrunk’s speed to be on display all season long as he works his way toward his personal goal, a Heisman Trophy.
Seastrunk had some interesting things to say to the Sporting News about the 2013 season.
“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. I’m shooting for that goal. I will gladly say it.”
Look for Seastrunk to continue on the roll he had going the last six games of 2012. Baylor will be breaking in a new starting quarterback this season, so I would imagine the team would lean on its athletic backfield. I expect Seastrunk to top 1,400 yards rushing with at least 13 touchdowns. He wasn’t utilized much as a receiver in 2012 but expect that production to increase as well. Look for 25 receptions and close to 350 yards with a couple touchdowns.
Overall, I expect Seastrunk to be on the mid season Heisman watch lists. I don’t expect him to win it, but I expect him to be a finalist for the Doak Walker award (given to the nation’s best RB), and carrying Baylor on his back especially with a new quarterback in 2013.