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Twelve Impact Offensive Players To Watch In The Big 12: Baylor Running Back Lache Seastrunk

Seastrunk took the long way to Waco but his impact in 2012 was significant.


Lache Seastrunk's plight to Waco, Texas has been well documented so there's no need in rehashing old news. Let's just say that the Baylor Bears are not only thankful he arrived, they are in great need of his services. For the second consecutive season the Bears are replacing the top quarterback in the conference. While there's some uncertainty around the quarterback position there's no doubt at all that Seastrunk is not only one of the top backs in the Big Twelve but in the entire country.

Off to a slow start in 2012 (didn't carry the ball more than seven times in a game until November 3rd) Seastrunk ended the season on a tear. Including the Holiday Bowl win over UCLA he broke the century mark in each of Baylor's final four games and five of the last six. His best game was an 185 yard effort (on 19 carries) in Baylor's upset win over eventual conference champion Kansas State. He was one of just three Big 12 backs to break the 1,000 yard barrier last season.

Look for him to have a completely opposite start this season. With the way he ended 2012 he's certainly not going to be a secret to conference defensive coordinators. Regardless, look for the Bears to use him steadily as the season starts because of the youth movement at the quarterback position. Despite not getting a full load of carries until the eighth game of the season last year, Seastrunk was third in the conference in rushing. Don't be surprised if he leads the way in 2013.

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