Player Profile: Robert Seals

Publisher Billy Embody profiles SMU outside linebacker Robert Seals, who is trying to bounce back from a tough season.

Robert Seals

Position: Outside linebacker

Size: 6-3, 225

Year: Junior, 2-year lettermen

High School: Dawson

Hometown: Pearland, Texas

Recruitment: Seals was a 2-star on even though he was selected to PrepStar Magazine's All-Midlands Region Team, the Houston Chronicle's Top 100 and was named to's Texas Top 300. Seals recorded 13 tackles for-loss, 7.5 sacks and two forced fumbles as a senior, and 50 tackles and 7.5 sacks as a junior. His performances earned him three straight first-team All-District selections from his sophomore to senior year.

2013 Review: Seals is one of the better athletes at linebacker for the Mustangs and fans have been waiting for him to break out since his freshman year when he saw time in eight games. After starting the first five games, Seals lost his starting job for all, but one of the last seven games. Seals had zero tackles in six games, making it hard on himself to get more action as the year went on. Seals has plenty of athletic ability, but still played without the best technique in the world, allowing him to be pushed around in the running game and have breakdowns in pass defense. Seals finished with 25 tackles, three for loss and two sacks for his 2013 campaign.

2013 Grade: C-

Outlook in 2014: SMU loses its top tackler, Randall Joyner, but return Kevin Pope and Stephon Sanders at linebacker and both have the potential to produce 100-tackle seasons. Jonathan Yenga, Jordan Miller, Caleb Tuiasosopo and Derek Longoria will all push for playing time. It’s just a matter of where defensive coordinator Tom Mason wants to plug linebackers into his defense after Sanders and Pope. There’s no doubt that Seals will have to battle to get his spot back, but if anyone has the pure talent to get it back, it’s Seals. I wouldn’t expect Seals to have a major impact this season, but with his experience, it will definitely help SMU’s defense to have a talent like Seals, who they can rotate in on passing downs to get after the quarterback.

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