Monday, October 7, 2013
Player of the Week: Big 12
By Max Olson
WACO, Texas -- For the final six games of his 2012 season, Lache Seastrunk was perhaps the best player in the Big 12. He exploded for 831 yards and six scores, averaged 8.15 yards per carry. Hard to top that, right?
Well, he’s doing it. Baylor hasn’t needed too much from him in its four blowout victories, but Seastrunk has still given the Bears 589 yards and eight scores on the ground. He’s averaging a whopping 11.1 yards per carry, best in FBS. And he’s just getting started.
ESPN.com's Big 12 Player of the Week demonstrated once again just how easy he makes this game look.
In Baylor’s 73-42 victory over West Virginia, Seastrunk dashed for 172 yards and two scores and needed just 15 carries to do so before taking a seat on the bench for the entire second half. He now has rushed for 100 yards in his last eight games dating to last season, with touchdowns in six in a row.
The highlight of the night was an inside run to start off a drive. Two defenders met Seastrunk at the second level, so he changed direction, cut right and dashed down the sideline. Nobody caught him, and Seastrunk went 80 yards for the score. It was his fourth career touchdown of 75-plus yards.
And yet, he wasn’t even that impressed by the run.
“It really didn’t feel like I was running the way I need to run,” Seastrunk said. “I mean, I’m not hurt or anything.”
No, he’s staying plenty fresh. He has recorded only two second-half carries this entire season. At his current rushing rate, Seastrunk would have surpassed 1,000 yards if he were getting 25 totes per game.
He’s settling for 13 a night and still smiling right now, because Baylor keeps winning. That’s just fine by Seastrunk. As badly as he might want to be in New York in December as a Heisman finalist, he’ll have to remain patient. This is just the beginning.