Former Temple Wildcat Lache Seastrunk Signs With Dallas Cowboys
With the Temple Wildcats sending nearly a half-dozen football players on to play in the collegiate ranks this past season, it's tough to remember it wasn't that long ago when just one player went on to the next level. That player just signed with the Dallas Cowboys.
Lache Seastrunk is a name every football fan in Central Texas remembers. Having watched several of his games, and having been in the broadcast booth for an opposing team during that time I can tell you he's got the ability to play at any level of football. He's got track star speed and the moves that leave grown men lying in the grass.
Despite being completely misused in the Wing-T offense he finished with over 4,000 yards rushing in his high school days. The Wing-T had Lache running left-to-right on the field more than running downhill. A single-back or even an I-formation offense would have given him another thousand rushing yards at the very least. One hole and the end zone would have been all anyone ever saw.
He was one of the few bright spots for Temple during those years, and every Temple fan hoped to see him running in the Big 12 during his college years. Unfortunately, Oregon, and a recruiting scandal, initially sent him to the Left Coast. After things got hinky there, it was back to Central Texas.
Art Briles and his staff refocused young Lache Seastrunk and turned him into a dangerous All-Big 12 selection and 6th round draft pick of the Washington Redskins. This won't be the first NFL contract signed by Seastrunk, but it's significant for several reasons, not least of which IT'S THE DALLAS FREAKIN' COWBOYS!! For Lache, it's yet another chance to prove his ability at the highest level of competition.
Lache has shown signs of explosive playmaking ability in the NFL. He had an incredible preseason run for the Redskins in 2014. He was then cut. He signed with the Panthers, but didn't move beyond the practice squad and was cut after just nine days. From there it was on to the Tennessee Titans' practice squad days later, signed a contract in December and was cut May 28th.
The now-journeyman in only his 2nd season finds himself with the Dallas Cowboys, who cut RB Synjyn Days to make room on the roster. This is big, not just because of the team, but also because this is a team without clear answers at the running back position. It means Lache will have an opportunity to show a team whether he's ready for the show.
The Cowboys lost Demarco Murray to the Eagles (and a huge contract) and find themselves in search of the next diamond-in-the-rough. The NFL didn't give much of a chance to make it in the NFL because of injuries. He's now the single-season rushing record-holder for one of the most storied franchises in the history of the league. Could the Cowboys have found another former-Big 12 star that excels behind an offensive line that could make an all-pro RB out of anybody with two shoes laced up.