Baylor University Bears
University of Oregon
Temple High School
After two seasons of sitting in "dry-dock," the high-motor, electrifying Seastrunk finally got to step on the football field in 2012. Despite battling a groin injury that sidelined him for two games and part of another in 2013, he accomplished a feat that no other Baylor Bear has ever done — rushing for over 1,000 yards in multiple seasons. In fact, since the Bears first began competing in organized football back in 1899, only nine players have reached the 1,000-yard rushing level.
Baylor secured the services of the speedy ball carrier "on the rebound," as he had turned them down previously to enroll at the University of Oregon. Things did not work as the Temple High product planned, thanks to a crowded backfield that included a player similar to Seastrunk in size, speed and ability also joining the program — De'Anthony Thomas. Sensing that he would not get a chance to compete for the starting job, he left the Pacific Northwest after redshirting in 2010 and transferred to Baylor. Under NCAA guidelines, he would have to sit out the 2011 season before being declared eligible to play the following schedule.
In August 2011, Seastrunk signed a financial aid contract with Baylor University, after obtaining his release from the University of Oregon several days prior. The transfer, which was first reported by ESPN Central Texas, had been on the minds of Baylor fans for the past couple of months, and they welcomed home a student-athlete that grew up in their backyard. Many of those fans followed his recruiting closely, and were glad that Bears head coach Art Briles left a lasting impact on Seastrunk.
"I think Lache is back where he needs to be," Briles said in the Baylor press release, "on Texas soil at Baylor University where he will have the opportunity to get a quality education and play football at the highest level. We're looking forward to him being a great teammate."
Seastrunk had been a "favorite son" in the state of Texas, where he was regarded as a five-star prospect for Temple High School, as his speed was evident, both on the gridiron and on the track field. He was rated the second-best running back in the nation by Scout.com and the prep ranks' second-best overall prospect, according to MaxPreps.com. The Sporting News rated him the fourth-best player in the country.
Seastrunk was named District 12-5A Newcomer of the Year after he rushed for 1,532 yards with 19 touchdowns on 130 carries (11.8 ypc) to lead the team to the district title in 2007. As a junior, the Blue Chip All-American amassed 1,541 yards on 171 attempts (9.0 ypc), scoring 14 times on the ground.
Again selected an All-American, Seastrunk was chosen to USA Today's All-USA squad as a senior. He collected 1,179 yards on 177 chances (6.7 ypc) that included 11 touchdowns and also snared 12 passes for 218 yards and a pair of scores, finding the end zone one more time via a kickoff return, picking up All-State Class 5A recognition. He closed out his football career playing in the 2010 U.S. All-American Bowl before joining the University of Oregon football program.
At Temple High, he was also a very accomplished track athlete, recording personal bests of 10.33 in the 100-meter dash and 21'-8" in the long jump. He was timed at 10.64 in 100 meters as a sophomore and won the district meet with a 10.77 clocking at the Texas Relays. As a 13-year-old he had established three Texas high school records in the 100 (10.98), 400 and long jump. He was also a member of the school's 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams, along with playing on the basketball squad.
Once Seastrunk returned to the state of Texas to join the Baylor Bears, he started slowly, but became a second half sensation, rushing for 100 yards in five of his final six games. He started six of the 13 games he played in, picking up 1,012 yards on 131 carries that included seven scores. It would mark the ninth time a player rushed for 1,000 yards in a season for Baylor. He also scored once while pulling in nine passes for 107 yards. Before the end of the 2012 season, he predicted he would win the Heisman Trophy and said "I know I am the best back in the country."
Seastrunk was primed for a banner 2013 campaign, and the preseason All-American did not disappoint during the first half of the schedule. He reeled off six 100-yard rushing efforts through the Bears' first seven games, but a groin injury forced him to miss most of the Oklahoma contest and the next two games. He still paced the team with 1,177 yards and six touchdowns on 158 attempts, becoming the first player in Baylor history to record multiple 1,000-yard campaigns.
On January 6th, 2014, five days after Baylor lost to Central Florida at the Fiesta Bowl, Seastrunk held a press conference to announce that he was leaving Baylor University and had applied for early entry into the 2014 NFL Draft. "Playing in the NFL has been a lifelong dream of mine, and I'm fully prepared to take the next step toward realizing that goal," said Seastrunk in a statement. "I'm excited for the opportunity to compete in the NFL draft process. I look forward to giving teams every ounce of energy I've got and proving to them that I'm a good person, a relentless competitor, and a great player, too."
Seastrunk played two seasons at Baylor, appearing in 24 games while earning 14 starting assignments…Carried 289 times for 2,189 yards and 18 touchdowns, adding 107 yards and a score on nine receptions (11.89 ypc) and 13 yards on a kickoff return.