By 2009, when the Bearcats became the first Division II team to play in five consecutive title games, Seals was in the infancy of his time there. When his junior season concluded, Seals was serving as backup to QB Trevor Adams for the second straight year and had started only two games - both victories - in three seasons.
Adams is back, which left Seals as a backup for his final college season.
There was a degree of frustration, but the relationship with his team was nothing but positive, he keeps in touch with Adams and is looking forward to his experience with the Mountain East Conference.
He's in a different situation at State, where success has been limited, the crowds are roughly 5,000 fans smaller and his offensive line features two seniors, a junior, a sophomore and a freshman.
"These guys want to do good things for us," Seals said. "It's good to see these guys working hard. They really want a winning culture here, they want to see how it feels to get a ring."
State's starting running back is returnee LeFloyd Phillips, who had 118 yards on 34 carries last season. Seals' top targets are Temple Hills, Md., resident and freshman Julius Bradley and junior Shanin Benifield, who had 24 receptions for 344 yards and two touchdowns for State last season.
Spending all summer on campus has helped Seals gain a relationship with his receivers.
"I would say typically it takes a little while (to gain a rapport), but I was fortunate to start working with these guys this summer," he said. "We were able to get the kinks out of the way."
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STATE'S FIRST opponent, Lock Haven, ended a 52-game losing streak in the season finale last year. A 17-14 home victory against Cheyney on Nov. 10, 2012, was the Bald Eagles' first win since the same date in 2007 in a 17-14 overtime verdict against Clarion.
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