Baylor‘s star running back Lache Seastrunk currently sits 21st in the FBS in rushing yards on the season with 869, 421 yards behind the leader, Western Kentucky‘s Antonio Andrews. Seastrunk will be hard pressed to catch Andrews before the season is over, but even if he doesn’t he could win the Heisman Trophy.
There’s a big reason no one is talking about Seastrunk to this point. Baylor has only played one FBS team with a winning record (Buffalo). However, Thursday night the Bears take on the Oklahoma Sooners on national television, and it’s the perfect time for Seastrunk to officially begin his Heisman campaign.
Despite seeing limited time in the second half of games this season, thanks largely in part to Baylor blowing people out, Seastrunk is on pace for 1,489 yards and 18 touchdowns. He’ll be sure to see a bunch of time in second halves from here on out as Baylor’s schedule ramps up quite a bit.
Oklahoma will be a good first test as they’re allowing only 134 rushing yards a game and have held opponents to under 100 rushing yards four times this season. However, against their two biggest match-ups so far this season, Texas and Notre Dame, Oklahoma has allowed 475 rushing yards. Baylor’s dynamic offense will make it difficult for the Sooners to focus solely on Seastrunk, and that could open things up for him a bit.
If Seastrunk can slice up the Sooners’ run defense, which I think he just might, you’ll start to hear some Heisman rumblings. Of course, Seastrunk will always be a long-shot as long as Jameis Winston keeps lighting it up, but I seem to remember another Baylor Bear who got hot late and went home with some hardware.