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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys have to keep an eye on Lache Seastrunk

Running back's strange journey led him from Texas to Oregon and now back to Waco, where's he's been a key cog for a resurgent Baylor team.
by John Helsley Published: November 27, 2012

/articleid/3732500/1/pictures/1894591">Photo - Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk (25) celebrates their 41-14 win over Kansas following an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Jerry Larson) ORG XMIT: TXWAC110
Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk (25) celebrates their 41-14 win over Kansas following an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Jerry Larson) ORG XMIT: TXWAC110

Now, finally, Seastrunk is showing up as a player, and not just the subject of NCAA investigations.

Even Young had lost track of Seastrunk, admittedly forgetting all the player had been through.

“I asked somebody, ‘Who is this guy?'” Young said.

For the Cowboys, he's someone extra to fear.

After sitting out last season as a transfer, Seastrunk's Baylor debut was modest: five carries through the first three games.

His last four games: an average of 128.8 yards per game, with four touchdowns. He had 185 yards in Baylor's upset of then-No. 1 Kansas State, when by Young and his staff's estimation, the Wildcats missed 30 tackles, with Seastrunk at the core of much of that. He scored three TDs at Oklahoma.

And in what amounts to five games of legitimate work, Seastrunk is averaging 7.0 yards per carry, with 696 rushing yards on 99 attempts, combining with Glasco Martin for a potent one-two punch out of the backfield.

“He's in the groove right now,” said Cowboys linebacker Alex Elkins.

And so is Baylor, having won three of its last four, which coincides with Seastrunk's greater role in the offense. The Bears had been a handful before, with quarterback Nick Florence and wideout Terrance Williams leading a passing attack that ranks third nationally.

“They'll get you so stretched out with the passing game,” Young said, “then all of a sudden they'll hit him up the middle and off tackle. He makes one guy miss and he's into your secondary.

“And maybe gone for good.”

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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