Cowboys sign RB Lache Seastrunk, LB Justin Jackson
The Dallas Cowboys announced they have signed running back Lache Seastrunk and linebacker Justin Jackson on Monday, per the Dallas Morning News.
Seastrunk excelled in high school in the Dallas area and starred at Baylor but has yet to find a niche in the NFL. He was a sixth-round pick of the Washington Redskins last year but was among the final cuts. He spent time on the practice squads of the Carolina Panthers and Tennessee Titans. He was cut by the Titans last month.
Seastrunk (5-9, 200), who turns 24 in late July, spent his freshman season at Oregon before transferring to Baylor. He skipped his senior season at Baylor to enter the NFL draft a year early.
Seastrunk, who once predicted he’d win the Heisman Trophy at Baylor, rushed for 2,189 yards and 18 touchdowns on 289 carries in two seasons at Baylor.
Seastrunk now joins a group of veterans that includes Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams.
Jackson, a Wake Forest product, was first signed by the Lions in 2014 after going undrafted. He’s bounced around NFL practice squads spending time with the Vikings, Bengals, Redskins, and Raiders all in his rookie year.
Big 12 rushing champ Lache Seastrunk is bypassing his senior season at Baylor to enter the NFL draft.
Seatrunk said in a statement Monday that he’s fully prepared to take the next step toward realizing his goal of playing in the NFL.
Coach Art Briles says he appreciates “the dedication and energy” that Seastrunk brought to the team.
The Oregon transfer played two seasons at Baylor, and was the first player in school history with two 1,000-yard rushing seasons. He ran for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns in 11 games this season, missing nearly three full games because of a groin injury.
The Big 12 champion Bears return Shock Linwood, who ran for 881 yards and eight TDs as a freshman this season. (Photo: Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press)
Marcus Mariota: More times than I can count I’ve heard from coaches that its not the one who makes the most big plays, but the one who makes the least bad ones. Mariota has yet to throw a interception this year and is the driving force behind an Oregon Ducks offense that ranks 2nd in the NCAA behind the Baylor Bears in points and yardage. Mariota has tremendous arm strength and might be the fastest quarterback in college right now, and whats more impressive Mariota has done this without his star tight end Colt Lyreia and De'Anthony Thomas for most of the season. Outside of Stanford I don’t see any team that could stop the high powered Ducks offense.
Johnny Manziel: Amazingly last years Heisman Trophy Winner has had very little hype outside of the Lone Star State. Manziel has been playing better this year, at least statistically. The only thing that is holding him back is the pathetic play of his defensive counterparts. When you score 42 against a defense that, outside of the A&M game, has not let an opponent go past 10 points. Manziel has less spectacular scrambles but his passing, especially in the pocket, has improved leaps and bounds. However, barring a disastrous 4 weeks by Oregon and Mariota, Manziel seems unlikely to bring home a second straight Heisman trophy, especially if he shares points with another Aggie in Wideout Mike Evans.
Jameis Winston: “Famous” Jameis might be the most polished quarterback to come into college since Andrew Luck and if he steadily improves he could see his name called very early when he decides to come out. Seeing a freshman complete more than 70% of his passes and have such a nack for getting the ball into the endzone he should climb draft boards at a startling pace. He could be much higher but the fact that the Florida State team is so stocked with talent on both sides of the ball takes away from this fabulous freshman campaign by Winston. If Winston did this at any other school, he could be the Heisman front runner
Lache Seastrunk: Seastrunk could easily be leading the nation in rushing if he wasn’t pulled from most games at the half. He only has one game where he averaged less than 6 yards a carry. He is on of the most explosive runningback in the nation along with Wisconsins Melvin Gordon. Seastrunk has unbelievable speed and has surprising strength for a runner that only weighs in at 205 pounds. The Bears biggest test this season occurs this Thursday against the 10th ranked Sooners. I can’t wait to see how the Sooners 33 stack defense handles the unparalleled team speed of Baylor. Seastrunk needs to have an incredible second half of the season to be considered in the running but he should be the front runner for the Doak Walker runningback award and has a good chance of bringing back Doak Walker back to Texas.
Brandin Cooks: I was tempted to put Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans here but, unlike Cooks, Evans has a tremendous amount of help around him. Brandin Cooks is pretty much the only solid offensive player the Beavers have, catching twice the passes of any other Oregon State receiver and has more touchdowns than the next 5 receiver combined. Since the Beavers lack any running game the Beavers live and die by the pass. Cooks is undersized but he is incredibly shify and has surprising speed and plays much bigger than he is. He plays through double teams regularly and if he was maybe 4 inches taller and a few pounds heavier he could easily be drafted in the 1st round. Right now he is in the lead for the Biletnikoff award and in my mind should be a 1st team all american if he keeps the pace. Cooks might not win the Heisman but he is a tremendous player nonetheless.
1: Bishop Sankey: A workhorse in every sense of the word. Unlike many teams that are spreading you out and passing, Sankey totes the rock 25+ times a game, including an astounding 40 times against Arizona. He is averaging over 150 yards on the ground per game, the most at this point in the NCAA. Is a very balanced runningback having deceptive speed more power than any normal 200 pound runningback should have. The Huskies really don’t have a threat on the outside so the defense usually stacks the box to stop Sankey and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
2: Lache Seastrunk: Hard to name a more difficult to defend runningback in college, or for that matter, any level. Seastrunk is averaging 11 yards per carry and has not played a full game yet. Lache is best known for his game-breaking speed, but he also has a great power element in his game. He started this year with 3 straight 100 yards games while he only played for a little over 2 quarters a game. I thought that he has a very good chance at the Heisman and is without a doubt the most talented runningback in the Big 12.
3: De'Anthony Thomas: The Black Mamba, as he is called, is the most dangerous weapon in college. His acceleration, agility, and unparalleled speed set him apart. He might not have the size to be as effective in the NFL, but when he is on the field and healthy no defender can cover him. He also doubles as a dangerous returner and deadly deep threat. Averaging an impressive 8.1 yards per carry he can read the hole in the defense better than many quarterbacks and is ideally suited for a zone blocking scheme that Oregon runs. If he stays healthy like former teammate LaMichael James did Thomas should be a high pick in the draft when he comes out.
4: Melvin Gordon: Melvin Gordon has the speed and agility to take any carry to the house (Just ask Arizona State). He shares time with Senior runningback James White but Gordon has the ability to be a workhorse runningback at any level, however he might play better as more of a gimmick, but he could continue his great play since the Badgers have very little resistance outside of next weeks game against Northwestern and their final game of the season when they host Penn State.
5: Antonio Andrews: Probably the most underrated runningback in college football, has good size and is deceptively fast. He follows his blocks very well but he is only average without a full-back in the backfield. Has a nose for the endzone with a NCAA leading 9 touchdowns. Played very well against Tennessee and should play very well in the Sun Belt conference. is a very good receiver out of the backfield.