Player Profile: Robert Seals

Billy profiles SMU linebacker Robert Seals in the latest Pony Stampede 2015 player profile.

Position: Linebacker
Size: 6-5, 220
Year: Senior (3-year letterman)
High School: Dawson High School
Hometown: Pearland, Tex.

Recruitment

Robert Seals was a two-star Scout.com recruit, who was selected to the Houston Chronicle's Top 100 list after recording 13 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and two forced fumbles as a senior. The three-time first-team All-District selection didn't have any other offers, but was ranked No. 31 at defensive end in Texas.

2014 Recap

Seals was one of the few players on SMU's defense to play in all 12 games including 11 starts at outside linebacker. His 48 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and one sack were okay numbers on a defense that struggled to keep linemen off of the second level all season. The defensive line didn't free up the linebackers, which is key in SMU's old 3-4 defense. Seals has always been one of the most athletic linebackers since arriving on The Hilltop, but like the season last year, he's failed to really step up.
Grade: C+

2015 Outlook

SMU moved Seals around a fair amount this spring by bringing him off the edge from the linebacker position as well as lining him up as a weakside defensive end. Seals' versatility will be a huge help to Van Malone as he works to transition the defense to his 4-man front. Look for Seals to be brought on in passing situations as a speed rusher especially if Michael Scott and other young players aren't stepping up in that area. On a defense that will pride itself on being fast and athletic, there's no reason Seals shouldn't see significant time this year, but he'll have to fight Jonathan Yenga, Nick Horton and others at the logjammed linebacker position for playing time. His versatility could earn him that extra playing time others don't get.

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