Lache Seastrunk is the latest Baylor Bear to join the Dallas Cowboys organization, and he’s ready to make the most of his opportunity.
The former college running back standout joined the Cowboys on Monday, and is expected to provide depth in the backfield. But he’d even be willing to do more than that if it meant sticking with an organization for the foreseeable future.
“If they told me to jump off a cliff tomorrow to take care of my family, I think I would do it,” Seastrunk said, smiling in the locker room after Wednesday's organized team activity session ended.
“I’m just happy for the opportunity. I don’t care if it’s holding or kicking, I’ll do whatever it takes. I just want to really stick somewhere and call it home for a while.”
Never miss a local story.
Seastrunk, 23, started his NFL career with the Washington Redskins as a sixth-round pick last year, but was among the final cuts. He then caught on with the Carolina Panthers and Tennessee Titans as a practice squad player before being released by the Titans last month.
But when he got a call from his agent a couple days ago with the Cowboys expressing interest, the guy who grew up in Temple and played two seasons at Baylor couldn’t have been more pleased.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the team has always liked Seastrunk from his college days, and simply had an opportunity to bring him in and get a first-hand look at him.
“I just thank them,” Seastrunk said.
And, yes, Seastrunk – who once predicted he’d win the Heisman Trophy – still has confidence in his playing ability even though it has yet to translate to the professional level.
Seastrunk isn’t that far removed from dazzling Baylor fans with game-breaking moves, racking up 2,189 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns in his two seasons in Waco.
“I’m going to always have my confidence,” said Seastrunk, who lead the Big 12 in rushing with 1,177 yards as a senior.
“If you’re not confident, you’re not going to play to your ability. It’s all about being patient and being understanding. I’ve always been humble, but I’m just more humble to have a better opportunity.”
Drew Davison, 817-390-7760