The 50 most important college players in Texas in 2017 — No. 28: ACU’s Dallas Sealey
AS THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON EDGES CLOSER, WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE MOST PIVOTAL PLAYERS FOR EACH PROGRAM'S RESPECTIVE SUCCESS.
The importance of a player is not always defined by their skill level. The most important player on a team or in a unit is not always the best player on a team. This list is designed to breakdown the 50 most important players in Texas college football for the 2017 season. It is not a ranking of the 50 best college football players in the state. Importance can be defined by position, need, skill or leadership. We’ll count down the list through the summer, all the way to No. 1.
50 – Lamar DE Daniel Crosley / 49 – TCU WR KaVontae Turpin / 48 – UTEP QB Ryan Metz
47 – UMHB RB Markeith Miller / 46 – Sam Houston State DE PJ Hall / 45 – Baylor WR Blake Lynch
44 – Texas Tech WR Jonathan Giles (transferred) / 43 – Texas Tech RB Justin Stockton
42 – PVAMU WR Joshua Simmons / 41 – Rice RB Samuel Stewart / 40 – UNT WR Jalen Guyton
39 – Texas RB Chris Warren / 38 – Rice OL Trey Martin / 37 – Texas A&M Commerce QB Luis Perez
36 – Baylor DL K.J. Smith / 35 – Texas State LB Gabe Loyd / 34 – Texas State WR Thurman Morbley
33 – Houston DB Khalil Williams / 32 – Texas Tech LB Jordyn Brooks / 31 – SFA DL John Franklin
30 – SMU DE Justin Lawler / 29 – Texas State QB Damian Williams
It’s been an offseason full of change in Abilene, as the Wildcats fired coach Ken Collums after five years before hiring Adam Dorrel from Northwest Missouri State. While last year was a tough one for the ACU program as a whole in a two-win campaign, quarterback Dallas Sealey was definitely a bright spot. As a sophomore, Sealey won the job in the spring before breaking out as one of the most productive quarterbacks in the country. He finished the year with 2,773 yards and 19 touchdowns with just five interceptions in 388 attempts. Before taking over the job full-time, Sealey started two games as a redshirt freshman in 2015 and threw for 824 yards and four touchdowns.
Sealey came to ACU from Lawton High School in Oklahoma, where he earned honorable mention all-state honors as a senior in 2013. He went through his entire season year without throwing an interception to help guide the Wolverines to a perfect regular season.
What stands out the most when Sealey takes the field is his ability to move the ball efficiently. He averaged more than 300 total yards of offense per game as just a sophomore and was able to make plays with his feet when needed. He isn’t a big guy under center (6-0, 210) but gets the job done. He threw just five interceptions and had a passing efficiency rating of 134.70, and completed more than 61 percent of his passes on a team that struggled last year. With a year of starting experience, Sealey should only improve as a junior.
Dorrel and the new coaching staff have said the quarterback competition is an open one heading into the fall and the guys behind Sealey played well in the spring game. But the experience Sealey gained last year and the numbers he put up are simply too impressive to ignore. The Wildcats have a lot more talent returning this season and that should make Sealey’s job even easier in the fall. He was a key to the offense last year and should be the an important part of ACU’s hopes to improve dramatically in Dorrel’s first season. There is a lot of excitement in Abilene with the construction of a new stadium and a new coaching staff, so Sealey will need a big junior year to capitalize on the strides the program has made.
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Brady Keane is a Contributing Writer for Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. Follow him on Twitter: @BradyKeane.