Former Wheatland RB Seward goes D-II
Former Wheatland High standout Derick Seward signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play Division II football at the University of West Georgia.
The Wolves are based out of Carrollton, Ga., and compete in the Gulf South Conference, Before 2006, the school's athletic teams were known as the Braves.
Seward, a 5-foot-10, 195-pound running back, was an All-NorCal Conference pick for the Butte College Roadrunners this past season, rushing for 923 yards, while averaging 6.9 yards per carry.
He scored 11 touchdowns and totaled 83.9 yards per contest.
Seward joins a program that won a national championship in 1982.
"I like the teams they play," Seward told the Chico Enterprise-Record. "They have a real competitive league, and a lot of the teams they play are really good teams, like Valdosta State. Valdosta State won a national championship a year ago, so I'm really excited to be able to play at that level and compete."
Seward also saw significant playing time as a freshman with Butte in 2011, picking up 435 yards and four touchdowns in a back-up role.
He was the Appeal-Democrat's 2010 All-Area Offensive Player of the Year after leading Wheatland to the section title game his senior year. Seward rushed for 1,834 yards and 30 touchdowns his senior season and picked up 910 yards and 12 scores for the Pirates as a junior.
Seward is also a standout in track and earned a trip to the State Meet in the 200 meters his senior year with Wheatland.
He helped lead Butte College's track squad to the Golden Valley Conference championship this season. Seward is in the record books at Butte for the 200 and 4x100 relay.