Baylor’s Seastrunk has no regrets about Heisman prediction

Posted Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
Baylor Coach: Art Briles (5th season, 33-30) 2012 record: 8-5 Season opener: Aug. 31 vs. Wofford Key issues: The Bears were last in the conference in total defense last season and allowed a conference-worst 31 touchdowns and 10.3 yards per play. … They must replace quarterback Nick Florence, who threw for a school-record 4,309 yards and 33 touchdowns. First in line for the job is junior Bryce Petty, who saw action in six games last season, throwing for 97 yards and a touchdown. Tarrant area tie: WR Robbie Rhodes (Fort Worth Southwest). Briles said Tuesday that Rhodes could be the incoming freshman who sees the most playing time.

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk isn’t backing down.

The junior from Temple High School who told the Sporting News in December that he’d win the Heisman Trophy in 2013 doesn’t regret the proclamation.

“Why should I regret it? Do y’all want me to take it back?” Seastrunk asked Tuesday at Big 12 media days at the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas.

“People always mistake my confidence for cockiness,” he said. “I don’t get that. I’m a very humble person. Really I’m focused on winning the Big 12 championship and going to the national championship. If I somehow fall into that accolade and get it, so be it.”

His coach and teammates weren’t fazed by the bold statement. In fact, coach Art Briles and safety Ahmad Dixon think it’s good for the team. The Bears are coming off an 8-5 season in which they won five of their last six games, including a 49-26 victory over UCLA in the Holiday Bowl.

“I loved it,” Dixon said. “Why not do it? Why not give us some more exposure; why not give people another reason to come watch us? I honestly feel like he can do that. There’s no doubt in my mind, no ifs, ands or buts about it. I feel Lache Seastrunck can win the Heisman. Not can, but will.”

Seastrunk said he shrugged off the Internet invectives directed at him in the wake of his comments. Seastrunk rushed for 1,012 yards and seven touchdowns despite limited playing time early in the season and was named the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year. He left Oregon after redshirting his freshman season in 2010.

“People are going to be negative; they’re always going to have their negative comments, but only God can judge what I say,” he said, invoking a Bible reference as his inspiration. “If I believe it in my heart and confess it with my mouth it’s going to happen. Speak it into existence.”

His teammates have supported him, he said, and took the boasts in stride.

“My linemen, for example, supported me,” he said. “They said, fine, we’re going to try to lead you there. It’s a team effort.”

He’s quick to credit his offensive line for his success last season. He was selected as the preseason Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year last week.

“I got over 1,000 yards but that’s just because how my offensive line and wide receivers did their jobs so it was all sort of a blessing,” he said. “If I didn’t have the offensive line I have, or the receivers blocking downfield, I wouldn’t even be here [at Big 12 media days]. I’d be home watching.”

One of those offensive linemen, Cyril Richardson from North Crowley High School, thought the Heisman comments were funny, knowing Seastrunk’s personality.

“He’s a really hard-working person,” Richardson said. “He told me that if he can’t say it then it won’t come into existence. So if he does that, he can be the best that he can be.”

Seastrunk insists that having the Heisman as a personal goal doesn’t distract from the overriding goal to win the Big 12 and earn a shot at the national title.

“Even if I don’t have the opportunity to achieve my personal goals, at least [the seniors] would get what they deserve,” Seastrunk said before hammering home his Heisman hopes. “I know I can win it through my team because I have all the keys to success. I have the great line, I have the great receivers, I have the great defense. Why not?”

Stefan Stevenson 8170-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?

Tuesday, October 21Full Scoreboard
San Francisco «7Final | Box
Kansas City1
110th World Series, Game One. San Francisco leads series, 1-0.
Full Scoreboard
Tuesday, October 21Full Scoreboard
Houston85Final | Box
Miami «90
Indiana89Final | Box
Minnesota «107
Utah «105Final | Box
Oklahoma City91
Portland «93Final | Box
Phoenix914th Qtr 0:12 | Box
LA Lakers94TV: TWC SN, D
LA Clippers633rd Qtr 10:00 | Box
Golden State64TV: TNT
Full Scoreboard
Week 8Full Scoreboard
San Diego 8:25 PM ET
Denver TV: CBS/NFL Network
Detroit 9:30 AM ET
Atlanta TV: FOX
Seattle 1:00 PM ET
Carolina TV: CBS
Baltimore 1:00 PM ET
Cincinnati TV: CBS
Miami 1:00 PM ET
Jacksonville TV: CBS
St. Louis 1:00 PM ET
Kansas City TV: FOX
Chicago 1:00 PM ET
New England TV: FOX
Buffalo 1:00 PM ET
Minnesota 1:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay TV: FOX
Houston 1:00 PM ET
Tennessee TV: CBS
Philadelphia 4:05 PM ET
Arizona TV: FOX
Oakland 4:25 PM ET
Cleveland TV: CBS
Indianapolis 4:25 PM ET
Pittsburgh TV: CBS
Green Bay 8:30 PM ET
New Orleans TV: NBC
Washington 8:30 PM ET
Dallas TV: ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Tuesday, October 21Full Scoreboard
San Jose3Final | Box
Boston «5
NY Rangers «4Final(OT) | Box
New Jersey3
Toronto «5Final | Box
NY Islanders2
Detroit1Final(OT) | Box
Montreal «2
Arizona3Final(SO) | Box
Nashville «4
Carolina1Final | Box
Winnipeg «3
Philadelphia0Final | Box
Chicago «4
Vancouver3Final | Box
Dallas «6
Florida «4Final(OT) | Box
Tampa Bay «2Final(OT) | Box
Full Scoreboard