UCLA: Lache Seastrunk

Pac-12 results from the NFL combine

February, 24, 2014
2/24/14
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Raise your hand if you thought Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney would run a faster 40-yard dash than Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas at the NFL combine.

Put your hand down, liar.

Granted, it was still only by a hundredth of a second -- Gaffney ran 4.49 and Thomas 4.50 -- but, still, Thomas built his reputation on speed, while Gaffney's was more on toughness and vision. It ranked as one of the surprise performances among Pac-12 players over the weekend at the NFL combine.

[+] EnlargeBishop Sankey
AP Photo/Michael ConroyWashington running back Bishop Sankey made a move up draft boards with his performance at the NFL combine.
Sunday proved to be a great day for Washington running back Bishop Sankey, who might have jumped Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey on some draft boards, according to ESPN's John Clayton.

From Clayton's story:
There may not be a running back who could entice a team to use a first-round pick, but the backs who ran Sunday looked great. Bishop Sankey of Washington may have entered the combine as the No. 3 halfback, but his stock probably rose with a 4.49 40 time along with a good show of lifting strength. Tre Mason of Auburn displayed second-round numbers with his 4.5. Both backs might have jumped ahead of Ka'Deem Carey of Arizona, who had a 4.70.

Sankey ranked No. 2 among running backs with 26 reps on the bench press and his 40-time was tied for No. 9.

Another one of the weekend's big winners was Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks, who turned in the fastest 40 among receivers. His time of 4.33 was second to only to Kent State running back Dri Archer, who ran a 4.26.

Cooks, who set Pac-12 single-season records with 128 catches and 1,730 receiving yards this year, also turned in the fastest time registered in the 60-yard shuttle (10.72) at the combine since at least 2006. During that same time period, he's tied for the fastest time in the 20-yard shuttle (3.81) with Tennessee cornerback Jason Allen from 2006.

Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the John Mackey Award winner, has a stress fracture in his foot that is expected to need six to eight weeks to recover, according to a report from the Tacoma News Tribune. Due to the injury, Seferian-Jenkins was able to participate only in the bench press. He put up 20 reps, which ranked tied for No. 10 among the 15 tight ends who participated.

See the complete list of Pac-12 invitees.

Here are the Saturday and Sunday results from the Pac-12 players in the 40 and bench press:

Running back

Gaffney, Stanford: 4.49/did not lift
Sankey, Washington: 4.49/26 reps
Thomas, Oregon: 4.50/8 reps
Carey, Arizona: 4.70/19 reps
Silas Redd, USC: 4.70/18 reps
Ryan Hewitt, Stanford (fullback): 4.87/did not lift
Marion Grice, Arizona State: Did not participate
Lache Seastrunk, Baylor (transferred from Oregon): 4.51/15 reps

Wide receiver

Cooks, Oregon State: 4.33/16 reps
Paul Richardson, Colorado: 4.40/did not lift
Shaquelle Evans, UCLA: 4.51/13 reps
Josh Huff, Oregon: 4.51/14 reps
Marqise Lee, USC: 4.52/did not lift

Offensive line

Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA: 5.04/25 reps
Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford: 5.28/26 reps
David Yankey, OG, Stanford: 5.48/22 reps
Marcus Martin, C, USC: did not run/23 reps

Tight end

Colt Lyerla, formerly of Oregon: 4.61/16 reps
Anthony Denham, Utah: 4.77/did not lift
Jake Murphy, Utah: 4.79/24 reps
Richard Rodgers, TE, California: 4.87/16 reps
Seferian-Jenkins, Washington: did not run/20 reps
Xavier Grimble, USC: did not run or lift

Quarterback

No Pac-12 quarterbacks are at the combine, which is a rarity. The conference has sent at least one every year since at least 1999, which was as far back as we could go to find combine rosters.

Grades: Baylor 49, UCLA 26

December, 27, 2012
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SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- In a game that was supposed to feature lots of offense, only one team lived up to its end of the bargain. Baylor routed UCLA, 49-26, Thursday night in the Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Here's how the Bruins graded out:

GradePASSING OFFENSE
Brett Hundley's 51.1 completion percentage was his lowest of the season. He passed for 329 yards and three touchdowns but had trouble making decisions. It didn't help that he was under pressure all game. The Bruins' depleted offensive line gave up six sacks against a defense that was barely averaging one per game this season.

GradeRUSHING OFFENSE
Johnathan Franklin had only 34 yards on 14 carries, his lowest total of the season. The Bruins, behind a makeshift offensive line, rushed for only 35 yards as a team -- also the fewest for UCLA this season. The Bruins averaged only 1.2 yards per carry against a Baylor defense that had been giving up 190 yards per game and 4.74 per carry.

GradePASS DEFENSE
UCLA's secondary was burned for a couple of long plays early, which set the tone of the game as receivers Tevin Reese and Terrance Williams outran the coverage. The Bruins tightened, however, and Baylor quarterback Nick Florence completed only 10 of 13 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Reese and Williams had each had two catches for 68 yards and UCLA sacked Florence only twice.

GradeRUN DEFENSE
Missed tackles plagued UCLA's defense for the entire game as the Bears rushed for 306 yards -- 46 more than any other team against UCLA this season. Lache Seastrunk had 138 yards and a touchdown in 16 carries. Glasco Martin added 98 yards and three touchdowns in 21 carries, providing a potent 1-2 punch UCLA couldn't stop.

GradeSPECIAL TEAMS
A 51-yard kickoff return by Steven Manfro was easily UCLA's biggest play of the game. The second longest was a 43-yard punt return by Shaq Evans. Jeff Locke had two punts of 50 yards or more and put three inside the 20. Kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn had field goals of 30 and 40 yards.

GradeCOACHING
Play calling and decisions on whether to go for it or kick field goals were questionable throughout the game, but the real issue was preparation. With nearly a month between games, the Bruins had no schematic answers for Baylor's potent offense and could not come up with an offensive plan to exploit one of the worst defenses in the nation.

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PASSINGATTCOMPYDSTD
B. Hundley392271315522
RUSHINGCARYDSAVGTD
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