Baylor junior running back Lache Seastrunk was named a semifinalist this week for the Doak Walker Award. The Big 12’s leading rusher is one of 10 players still in consideration for the award, which is presented annually to college football’s best running back.
Seastrunk, a Texas-native who began his collegiate career at Oregon, is a big reason the Bears, currently 8-0 and ranked No. 4 in this week’s BCS standings are having their best season since becoming a member of the Big 12 Conference. The Baylor running back is 112 yards shy of a 1,000-yard season running the ball and has topped the 100-yard mark in six of the Bears’ eight games. He also has a league-best 11 rushing touchdowns.
Seastrunk’s 11-yards-per-carry average is the best in the Big 12 and No. 1 nationally. His outstanding performance running the ball is a key weapon in the country’s most prolific offense. Baylor is averaging 61 points a game and 686 yards of total offense against its eight opponents this season. Seastrunk’s 111-yard average is almost a third of the Baylor running attack.
The award, created in 1989, is named after former SMU three-time All-American running back Doak Walker. Walker was named to the All-America Team in 1947-48-49. He went on to a short NFL career with the Detroit Lions (1950-55).
Three finalists for the 2013 Doack Walker Award will be announced on Nov. 25. The winner will be revealed on Dec. 12 as part of ESPN’s “Home Depot College Awards Program.”