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Big 12 notebook: Baylor's Lache Seastrunk sticks to Heisman prediction

by Berry Tramel and Ryan Aber and John Helsley Published: July 23, 2013
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Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk made waves when he predicted he'd win the Heisman Trophy recently. And he didn't back off the claim Tuesday, when pressed by reporters on the topic.


“Why not?” Seastrunk said in reply to the questions. “I had 1,000 yards in six games. Why can I not be a contender? Why should I take a backseat to anybody else?

“Coach (Art) Briles always says be the best in the country. And that's what I feel that I am. That's what we all are; the Heisman is a team award and I have the best talent around me. Why not?”

Seastrunk earned the media vote for Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. And his big finish to the 2012 season suggests he could put himself in play if he produces in his 2013 follow-up.

A lack of confidence certainly won't hold him back.

“I feel like there's no back who can do what I do,” he said. “I know I'm the fastest back in the country. I know I'm the best back in the country. Nobody's going to work harder.

“I'm going to win the Heisman. I'm going to win it in 2013. If I don't, I'm going to get very close.”

NAME CHANGE NEW YEAR'S SIX

Good-bye, BCS. Hello, New Year's Six.

The 2014 season brings not only a new college football playoff system, but a new bowl structure, and the elite level of those games will be called the New Year's Six, according to Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff.

The six elite bowls -- Rose, Fiesta, Orange, Sugar, Cotton and Chick-fil-A -- will typically be played on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Two of the six each year will be national semifinals.

Hancock also said that the champion of the new playoff will not receive the iconic crystal trophy. "We're going to have a new trophy,” Hancock said.

Clearly, college football decision-makers want as much as possible to break away from the much-maligned BCS.

DANA HOLGORSEN TO COACHES AGAINST THE SPREAD OFFENSE: ‘GET OVER IT'

Mike Gundy made his opinions known Monday on the popular debate if up-tempo, no-huddle offenses could cause more injuries because opposing defenses don't have the ability to make proper substitutions.

Tuesday, it was Dana Holgorsen's turn to be asked about the subject. And the West Virginia coach, who has made a living running the Air Raid spread, had a similar opinion as Gundy.

“Get over it, because it's not going to change,” he said. “It's going into the NFL, for crying out loud. There's people being hired in the NFL that have the background in college football to be able to create a little bit more parity. Don't see it changing any time soon. So you'd better learn to adapt to it.”

CAN DAVID ASH DUPLICATE VINCE YOUNG OR COLT MCCOY?

In 2001, Texas was three points shy of the national title game, with Chris Simms at quarterback. In 2005, Texas made the national title game, with Vince Young at quarterback. In 2009, Texas made the national title game, with Colt McCoy at quarterback.

The Longhorns seem to peak every four years. Might Texas, with David Ash at quarterback, be in line for another transcendent season?

“We'll have more experience, we'll have more depth,” said UT coach Mack Brown, who has 19 returning starters off a 9-4 teams. “The leadership's much better than it has been, because we've got more older guys back than we had. They understand nine's not what we want to win at Texas.”

Of course, David Ash isn't Vince Young or Colt McCoy. So far, Ash hasn't even been the much-maligned Simms.

“Vince and Colt won a lot of football games,” Brown said. “Vince was 30-2 and Colt was 45-9 (actually eight). That's a load. But that's our expectation for David. He's learned a lot. He's really grown up. There were times he looked like Colt and looked like Vince. There were times when he struggled.

“I thought his comeback in the Alamo Bowl really, really helped him with our team. I think he'll have a big year.”

WEST VIRGINIA'S CHARLES SIMS TO MAKE AN IMPACT?

West Virginia has an excellent recent history with running backs. Steve Slaton, Noel Devine, Tavon Austin (for one memorable game, against the Sooners).

Will Houston U. transfer Charles Sims be the latest in that line? He's already the preseason pick as the Big 12's Newcomer of the Year after rushing for 2,350 yards on 384 carries in three Houston seasons (2009, 2011-12).

“He knew he'd be able to come in and fit in and get an opportunity to play in the Big 12,” Holgorsen said. “That was his motive. He loves the University of Houston. He got his degree from there. He'll be a Cougar for life, but he wanted to be able to play in the Big 12 to be able to increase his draft stock, which we'll put him in position to be able to get that done.”

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by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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