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Can Lache Seastrunk Improve as a Running Back for Baylor Bears in 2013?

Chris Hanewinckel – USA TODAY Sports

There’s no denying the talent-level of Lache Seastrunk out of the backfield for the Baylor Bears. Once he got into the flow of the Baylor offense down the stretch last season, there was no stopping BU. But as Seastrunk comes back to Waco looking to deliver on his promise of a Heisman Trophy, the junior running back has room to improve his game or risk falling off the map as one of college football’s best playmakers.

As Seastrunk grew into the featured back last season, he became a legitimate home-run threat each and every time he touched the ball. He rushed for over 100-yards in five of Baylor’s final six games, averaging a ridiculous 7.7 yards per carry last year. He finished the year with 1,012 yards and seven touchdowns, but averaged just 10 attempts per game. That will go up in 2013, without a doubt, and so will his production, in theory.

But that home-run potential often makes Seastrunk look for the big plays every time he has the football rather than taking the plays that are there. This can result in him bouncing plays outside unnecessarily and getting brought down for a loss rather than putting his foot in the dirt and driving through the hole for a four yard gain. His proclivity for dancing in the backfield could come back to hurt Baylor in big spots when all they need from him is a couple of tough yards.

There are few players in college football as explosive in the open field as Seastrunk and he has the quick-strike ability to score every time he touches the ball. He will have to learn, however, that he isn’t going to score every time he touches the ball and play smarter when it comes to taking the available yards.

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