Langley's smooth transition back to DB

ATHENS - Brendan Langley never saw the field in his four-game stint as a wide receiver, but he needed only two games back on defense to crack the starting lineup at cornerback.

“It’s been fun,” Langley said. “Nothing’s really changed since the switch. I’ve just got to be an athlete. I’m happy to be able to contribute to the team as much as I possibly can.”

Langley said coaches asked him how he would feel about returning to defense, where he started four games last season. The sophomore from Marietta said wherever they need him, he’s willing to go.

“Wherever they put me, I’ll make plays,” Langley said. “They threw me out there and gave me an opportunity so I was prepared. I guess I did well.”

Langley made two tackles, including one on the second play of the game. His other tackle was a one-yard loss on a tackle of Missouri running back Russell Hansbrough

Cornerback Damian Swann called it a “natural,” for Langley to return to the secondary after the unit was hit by more attrition during the season due to dismissals and a medical disqualification.

“He made some plays for us and that’s what we need,” Swann said. “With a little bit more coaching from coach (Jeremy) Pruitt, I think he’s going to help us a lot.”

Said Richt: “You know what, he did a nice job considering he hadn’t gotten an awful lot of work, The switch happened relatively quick and before you know it, he’s out there starting. Overall he did a nice job. There were definitely some mistakes he made that have got to be cleaned up. But I don’t think we could have expected him to have no missed assignments at all. For the most part he did a nice job.”

Pruitt emphasized his technique in press man coverage.

“The way we play, we play a lot of man and that’s something I’m going to have to continue to get good at,” he said. “Once I get that down, I think I’ll be all right.”

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