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Chris Seisay

University of Oregon cornerback Chris Seisay, a 2013 American Canyon High School graduate, is shown during the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015 in Pasadena.

Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.)

Chris Seisay was pleased with how he performed at Portland State’s Pro Day last month.

Seisay, a 2013 graduate of American Canyon High School who played four years of college football, joined other seniors as they worked out for scouts representing 13 NFL teams.

Siesay, a cornerback, was tested in the 3-cone and 20-yard shuttle drills, along with the vertical jump and broad jump. He also did position-specific drills.

His vertical jump was measured at 38 inches and his broad jump was 10 feet, 2 inches. He was timed twice in the 40-yard run – the first one at 4.50, the second one at 4.47.

“They were watching to see how I move and see what type of athlete I am,” Seisay said in a telephone interview last week.

He also had his height (6-foot-1) and weight (197 pounds) taken.

“I performed real well,” said Seisay. “I feel good, just being able to have this chance.”

Seisay, who graduated from Portland State last year with a degree in social science, said he has accepted an invitation to work out at the Oakland Raiders’ Pro Day on April 12 at the team’s facility in Alameda. The Raiders will return to Napa this summer for training camp.

Seisay wants a chance to try to continue his career in the NFL. He has been training out of California Strength in San Ramon.

The NFL Draft is April 26-28 in Arlington, Texas.

“I’ve been playing football for a long time,” he said. “I feel like it’s something I can do really well, and that comes so naturally to me. I’m just glad I’m able to put my best foot forward. I can cover a lot of ground and I can also tackle real well.”

Seisay left the University of Oregon after three years in the football program and transferred to Portland State in 2016. He started games against Florida State in the Rose Bowl and against Ohio State in the national championship game during the 2014 season for Oregon. He had 55 tackles, six passes defensed and an interception in 18 career games.

During the 2016 season, he had 28 total tackles, two tackles for loss, two interceptions and eight pass breakups for Portland State, and last season had 24 total tackles, two interceptions and five pass breakups.

“I’ve really grown as a person, with all of those experiences,” he said. “Oregon was a great school and I had a great three years there. Portland State is also a good school, and I also grew as an athlete and as a person there, just making those changes and being in a different environment, and also just being around different people and creating camaraderie with other guys.”

“I just always trust my ability,” he said. “I trust my training and I work as hard as I can, so when I go to the game, I know I have prepared myself the best I could and I’m ready. If you don’t have confidence in yourself, no one will have confidence in you. Those years at Portland really helped me grow and they were real critical times in my life.”

In January of 2015, Seisay started at cornerback and made six total tackles for Oregon as the Ducks beat Florida State, 59-20, in the Rose Bowl game on New Year’s Day in Pasadena.

Making just his third career start, Seisay was credited with seven total tackles for Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Seisay, a redshirt freshman at the time, had five solo stops, two assisted tackles, and a pass breakup. He had one tackle for 1-yard loss as Oregon fell to Ohio State, 42-20, before a crowd of 85,689 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in January of 2015.

He had six total tackles (five solo, one assist) for Oregon in a 47-41, triple-overtime loss to TCU in San Antonio in the Alamo Bowl in 2016.

Seisay had an outstanding career at American Canyon High. He was a Division II second-team all-state defender and received three stars by He was the Vallejo Times Herald Defensive Player of the Year and was honored with the Wolves’ most valuable player award.

As a senior for American Canyon, he caught 28 passes for 608 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had 26 catches for 756 yards and nine touchdowns his junior year.


Executive Sports Editor

Executive Sports Editor Marty James has been with the Napa Valley Register since 1979. He is a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors, California Prep Sportswriters Association, and the California Golf Writers Association. He was inducted into the