After a strong spring and impressive training camp, sophomore Dallas Sealey has earned the Wildcats’ starting quarterback job, and all he said he cares about is winning.
“No personal goals for me this year,” Sealey said. “I just care that the team wins.”
It has been a story of perseverance for the Oklahoma native, but this year Sealey has his opportunity.
Playing for the Lawton Wolverines in Oklahoma his senior year of high school, Sealey completed 58 percent of his attempts and had no interceptions while throwing for 16 touchdowns and 1,504 yards. Sealey and his team performed well enough to post a perfect 10-0 regular season record, as he earned 6A-II district 4 Quarterback of the Year award and led his team to the state quarterfinals.
As a redshirt freshman at ACU in 2015, Sealey played in 10 games, two of which he started against McNeese State and Northwestern State. In the eventual upset of Stephen F. Austin, Sealey was pivotal, rushing for 49 yards on six attempts and completing two critical passes.
The six foot, 210-pound passer is confident and ready as the team adjusts to their new quarterback.
“Every quarterback now-a-days has their own skill set, their own characteristics in what they’re good at and what they struggle with,” Sealey said. “I think the mentality has changed a little bit.”
Head coach Ken Collums starts his fifth year as ACU’s head coach, and although he says Sealey is still a work in progress, he is optimistic in what he sees out of him on the practice field.
“He’s not doing everything perfect at all – most quarterbacks don’t,” Collums said. “But he is in a different seat this year. Everyone wants the ball in their hands, but not everybody is ready to handle all of the pressure that comes with it. I think he’s developing as a player, we’re developing him as a person, and he’s buying in, and I’m impressed with what he’s doing.”
After a disappointing season last year, going 3-8, fans have been looking forward to see what growing pains the Wildcats have outgrown. With a tough Air Force team first on the schedule, Sealey and the rest of the team will have a great opportunity to show the rest of the Southland Conference what they are about.
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