Aspen’s Seguin puts football on hold
July 9, 2009
ASPEN – For Beau Seguin, those few seconds will last a lifetime.
“Running away from every single person on the field, it feels like the whole world freezes,” the 2009 Aspen High graduate said Wednesday, recalling his slew of past touchdowns.
The only thing in a suspended state these days is the record-setting running back’s football career. After a season in which he humbled opposing defenses and guided the Skiers to eight wins and a second consecutive state tournament appearance, Seguin is headed to the University of San Diego this fall. He will not play football.
For now, at least.
Seguin has been offered a walk-on spot with the Toreros, who compete in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly 1-AA), next spring. For now, though, the dynamic player who was nothing short of a sure thing for Aspen has no guarantees.
“They couldn’t scholarship me because there’s still one guy ahead of me,” Seguin said. “It kind of would’ve been nice, but I’ve still been working hard. I’m fine with what happened.
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“I was trying to get a fall spot before senior year, but that was hard to do. I didn’t have a junior year.”
Seguin was lost for the 2007 season after tearing the labrum in his left shoulder in the third game against Basalt. In 2008, he was fully healthy and fully determined to prove his worth.
He did just that. Seguin piled up nearly 1,500 yards on the ground, averaged 8 yards per carry and found the end zone a school-record 32 teams – one of the highest totals in all of 2A. On defense, the linebacker was the Skiers’ second-leading tackler. He picked off a pass and returned it for a score in Aspen’s playoff loss to Florence.
Despite the staggering statistics, San Diego coaches, who were committed to another player, couldn’t improve their original offer. That didn’t discourage Seguin, who has had his heart set on going to the school since he was a sophomore. It was the only school to which he applied.
Myriad offers from DII and DIII schools poured in, but Seguin admitted he never seriously considered any of them.
“Honestly, every other place I saw I did not want to go to. Nothing compared to me,” he added. “It’s weird, but I honestly thought, ‘If I’m not going to San Diego, I’m not going to college.’
“This is the place I want to be, no matter if I don’t play. I’d much rather be there than playing football at some DII or DIII in Durango.”
Seguin’s high school coach supports the decision.
“There was a place to play for him if he liked … but he had put all his eggs in that basket at that point in time,” Aspen head coach Mike Sirko said recently. “I think what’s going to have to happen by next year is he’ll have to decide how important football is.
“You have to decide if that’s the dream you want or not. That’s why I tell kids to enjoy high school, because it’s the one thing you can control. … He’ll get his chance.”
The hiatus from the gridiron could ultimately prove beneficial, Seguin said. He admitted to being battered and worn down after the 2008 high school season.
“That year took a toll on my body – everything starts to wear on you,” he said. “With all the stuff I like to do like skiing, hiking and biking, I want to be able to do that stuff as hard as I do now for a really long time. Pumping weights for the next four years could really reduce the time I have to do those things.”
There’s an added benefit: Because he’s not trying to juggle course work and the demands of playing football right away, Seguin said he will have time to fully immerse himself into college life, a new city and a new state.
Having free time to surf is a nice perk, too, he joked.
Seguin said he’ll be in the stands for each of the Toreros’ games this fall.
Then, he’ll decide if a return to the field is a priority.
“[Watching the games] will really give me a good idea of what I feel like I can do out there,” Seguin said. “I know what I can do, and if I feel like it’s on a different level, I’ll back off. If I feel like I can compete with them, I’m sure I’ll get the itch to get out there.
“We’ll just have to wait and see.”
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