Nick Cody and Alex McQuaw Academically Ineligible for Fiesta Bowl
According to head coach Chip Kelly, offensive lineman Nick Cody, along with defensive lineman Alex McQuaw were ruled academically ineligible after failing to meet the minimum NCAA academic requirements. As a result, Cody and McQuaw will not travel with the Ducks to Arizona for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 3 in Glendale.
Cody, a senior from Brush Prairie, Wash., started the first six games of the 2012 season for the Ducks. He has made a total of 18 starts in his four seasons with the team. McQuaw, a walk-on, has been with the program for three seasons. He did not play in any games for Oregon this season, but did make three appearances in 2011 in a reserve role.
Former Oregon RB Lache Seastrunk Promises 2013 Heisman
Also making headlines this week was former Duck Lache Seastrunk, who made a guarantee that he will win the Heisman in the 2013 season.
“I’m going to win the Heisman. I’m going to win it in 2013,” Seastrunk told the Sporting News this week. “If I don’t, I’m going to get very close. I’m shooting for that goal. I will gladly say it.”
Seastrunk broke out in the final half of the 2012 season, averaging 138.6 yards per game while running for five touchdowns in Baylor’s final four games of the season. Perhaps no touchdown was more impressive than his 76-yard touchdown run against Oklahoma State on the final day of the regular season. Seastrunk came up limping with a pulled his hamstring, but still had enough speed to outrun defenders for 45 yards on his way to the end zone.
In 2012, Seastrunk ran for 874 yards on 115 carries with six rushing touchdowns. Seastrunk also hauled in nine receptions for 107 yards and one touchdown. Most of those stats came in the final half in the season.
It’s hard to tell as of now if this is a realistic statement or not. Seastrunk did not get a chance to showcase his talents until the final five games of the season. In the first seven games of the year, Seastrunk touched the ball just 29 times, never rushing for more than 56 yards in one game. Against the Kansas Jaywahks, Seastrunk finally broke out, rushing for 103 yards on 17 carries in a 41-14 win over the Jayhawks, snapping a four-game losing streak for the Bears. Seastrunk ran for over 100 yards in four of the final five games of the year. If he can run like that all season long in 2013, there’s no reason Seastrunk can’t be at least mentioned in the year-long Heisman hype.
Seastrunk was originally recruited by Oregon, a recruitment process that is now at the center of an NCAA investigation on the way the Ducks used a recruiting service run by Willie Lyles, who had a close relationship with Seastrunk, a five-star recruit out of Temple High School in Temple, Texas. The Ducks said they paid Lyles $25,000 for his recruiting services, which included profiles and information that Oregon called worthless and outdated. If the NCAA finds that Oregon improperly used these services, sanctions could come down, possibly including the loss of scholarships and a bowl ban.