Two games into the season, it’s clear that Lache Seastrunk is the best running back in the Big 12 is. The Baylor Bears have annihilated lesser teams Wofford and Buffalo by a combined 139-16 largely on the back of Seastrunk.
In two games, Seastrunk has rushed for 261 yards and five touchdowns on just 28 carries, averaging almost 13 yards per carry. What’s even more impressive is that he hasn’t played the entirety of either game, and only played in the first half against Buffalo. If Seastrunk continued at his current pace he would finish the 2013 season with 1,566 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Currently, Seastrunk ranks 13th in the NCAA in rushing yards, but if you look at the people in front of him, only three players have as many or fewer rushing attempts: Taysom Hill from Brigham Young (28 attempts, 301 yards), Mike Davis from South Carolina (28 attempts, 264 yards) and Melvin Gordon from Wisconsin (22 attempts, 284 yards).
Not including those three players, the players ranked ahead of Seastrunk have an average of 44.66 rushes so far this season.
Meanwhile, Seastrunk’s five rushing touchdowns are good for first in the NCAA.
The running back from Baylor doesn’t lack confidence either. He stamped his claim to the 2013 Heisman Trophy much earlier this year. Currently, he’s backing up his talk.
Baylor’s next opponent is Louisiana Monroe, and it could be another big game for Seastrunk. In ULM’s game against the Oklahoma Sooners, OU racked up 305 rushing yards, averaging over six yards a carry. The question at this point isn’t if Seastrunk will have a good game, rather, how long will he play?
With Big 12 conference play on the other side of the ULM game, Art Briles will probably rest his star if Baylor gets a big lead, to minimize any opportunities for injury.
Seastrunk Prediction: 15 carries, 135 yards, two touchdowns.