March 30, 2012

Seisay making big impression on NU coaches

It's almost become an annual trend where a talented junior college transfer comes to Nebraska and makes an immediate impact on the Huskers' defense.

Back in 2010, a juco linebacker named Lavonte David came to Lincoln via Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College and ended his career as one of the best linebackers NU has seen in the past decade.

Last year, safety Daimion Stafford transferred from Chaffey (Calif.) Community College and took all of one game to solidify a spot on Nebraska's starting defense, earn a Blackshirt and rank third on the team in total tackles.

While the Huskers are just five practices through spring ball, they appear to have their next juco star in waiting in cornerback Mohammed Seisay.

"Mo's a very talented young man," head coach Bo Pelini said. "He's a guy who's very mature. Football comes easy to him. From what I'm seeing, I think he has a really good understanding of what we're trying to do. He picks up things really quickly. You've got to tell him something once and he's pretty much got it.

"He has a good understanding of what we're trying to get a accomplished right now, and he's a big, long, talented guy who I think is going to be a force for us."

After originally committing to Memphis out of West Springfield (Va.) High School in 2009, Seisay redshirted his first season with the Tigers before starting all 12 games at cornerback the following season.

The Springfield, Va., native then left Memphis and enrolled at Eastern Arizona College, where he quickly became one of the most heralded juco players in the country last season. With six interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns, Seisay was rated among the top-10 juco players in the country by Rivals.

When he committed to Nebraska this past December, Pelini and his staff knew they were getting player capable of coming in and being an immediate contributor this year. From what the defensive coaching staff has seen from him so far this spring, Seisay is living up to all of their expectations and then some.

"We were expecting him maybe to jump right in the mix, and he's certainly done that," defensive coordinator John Papuchis said. "He's a quick learner. He's a smart guy. He's a hard worker. So yeah, he's on track for where we thought he would be."

It hasn't taken long for new defensive backs coach Terry Joseph to recognize Seisay's talent. Seeing how he's only suited up for a handful of practices at NU, Joseph said he's tried to ease Seisay into things a bit.

But with the speed in which Seisay has progressed thus far, Joseph said he's already worked his way into getting reps with the first-team defense.

"Right now we have the guys split up so much because we want everybody to get reps with the ones through the fours," Joseph said. "(Seisay) has been working with the twos and getting some (first-team) reps. The big thing is just getting a lot of repetition where we can just get him on film and correct it."

Joseph, who coached two All-Southeastern Conference defensive backs in his two seasons at Tennessee before coming to Nebraska, said Seisay has all the tools to be a standout for the Huskers.

Like Pelini and Papuchis, Joseph said above all else it was Seisay's understanding of the game that set him so far ahead of the curve.

"He's a guy that obviously has some good stature about him," Joseph said. "He's put together well and from what I can see he runs well. The best thing about him though is probably his football IQ. The kid has a lot of awareness, and that's really helped him pick up the system as quick as he has. He's been a pleasant surprise so far.

"He's doing well, but he still has a ways to go. The big thing for him is he has to get some snaps in the system. As far as after five practices, we are happy with where he's at right now."

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