Langi Wants Defense to Improve & Fast

There has been a lot of grumbling about the defensive play calling as of late. Many Cougar fans have taken to social media and the internet to air their complaints over the past four BYU losses. For middle linebacker Harvey Langi, who’s made a steady rise up through the depth chart, he’s committed to helping the team improve as a middle linebacker regardless of what play is called out on the field

Whether right or wrong, BYU fans have much to complain about, but the mantra from most of the players is that the play calling hasn’t been much of an issue, despite Bronco Mendenhall taking the responsibility back over during the Boise State game. Rather, it’s been the players that have failed for the most part. Harvey Langi seems to echo that position.

“They call the plays and the plays don’t matter,” said Langi. “They can call anything and it’s up to us as players to go out there and dominate. Play calling, of course, is a big part of the game, but whatever they call, or who’s calling it, or what they call it doesn’t really matter because we need to do it to the best of our ability.”

Langi believes that it’s not the play calling but rather the lack of executing the calls that their given.

“We just have to go out there and execute those plays,” he said. “I don’t really believe in, ‘Oh, who’s calling the plays?’ Whoever is the mouthpiece, no matter what play it is, we just need to go out there and do our job as best as we can.”

One thing the middle linebacker has noticed is an increase in attendance in the film room by many of the players both older and younger. Getting better means improving upon your mistakes and that means more film time to know where those mistakes are coming from.

“Oh yes,” said Langi. “Film is something that we take pride in over here, and I’ve been watching film on offense which being on defense is different. It’s way different but it’s something that we’re all trying to get better at. To be fundamentally sound you have to watch film, so we’re all trying to get to that level by watching film.”

Running backs Jamaal Williams, Algernon Brown, and Adam Hine have had their share of injuries this season that have caused them to miss games. At times a desire to step back into the backfield to run the rock hits him.

“I love running backs; I love our running backs,” said Langi. “Our running backs run hard, and every time they run I think, ‘Oh that’s so cool they’re running.’ When they lay someone out, or truck someone, or get extra yards after contact, it just gives me the butterflies.”

Despite having that urge, Langi is fully committed to playing linebacker on BYU’s defense. Still the days of playing running back cause him to reflect upon the possibilities.

“Something that I’ve committed to the defense is I just want to play linebacker, and that’s what I want to give,” Langi said. “But when I see that I get excited and in it’s in the back of my mind, ‘Oh, I remember when I used to try and do that.’ Right now I’m just trying to focus on being with Coach Tidwell and the linebackers.”

When the 6-2, 240-pound transfer from Utah first came to BYU there was no pressure from the Cougar staff persuading him to switch to the defense. Langi said that was all done on his own.

“No, no, no,” said Langi. “There was nothing like that at all. It was more of something that was in my mind.”

Cougar Cam: Harvey Langi

Langi talks about his playing time this season and what he came to BYU thinking he was going to do. He also gives his thoughts on Middle Tennessee State and what to expect. He also gives his thoughts on the talent level of BYU in comparison to the University of Utah and much, much more.


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