Lang Making Impact for Herd

Recruiting is a funny game. Fans love to look at the commitment lists and see how many stars each player has next to their name. Everyone also likes to look at the offer list and see what types of schools have offered. Discussions usually begin shortly there after in regards to what type of player their school is about to get.

Fans at Marshall love to see players committing to their Herd who have offers from big BCS schools from around the country.

Tiquan Lang is a prime example of a player who cannot be judged by the number of BCS schools on his offer list. The primary reason being because their wasn't any. Lang's other offers were from FCS teams Jacksonville State and Georgia Southern Universities.

Lang is an undersized safety from Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Georgia. Lang is listed at just 5'9", and 171 pounds. Lang was recruited by Todd Hartley. Hartley is the recruiting coordinator and his primary region is the Georgia area.

Three games ago on a cold Thursday night in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, starting Marshall safety D.J. Hunter went down on what would prove to be the winning drive for Middle Tennessee State. Lang entered the game in place of Hunter, and made two great plays on the football, unfortunately, it wasn't enough as an interception went through his outstretched hands.

Lang started the following week, and then again this past Saturday against UAB. Lang has not disappointed. Marshall coach Doc Holliday said on National Signing Day that Lang was going to be special. Even with highly regarded three star corner, Michael Johnson in the fold, Lang was highly coveted most notably for his ability to come up, play the ball and make tackles.

This past week, Lang did not disappoint. Lang, starting again this time opposite Taj Letman as A.J. Leggett sat out the game in street clothes, was heard from early and often. By the time the game ended, Lang had put up 7 tackles, .5 tackles for loss and forced a big fumble.

Hunter, was expected to be missing time due to concussion like symptoms but has played late in the past two games, so Lang's starting spot may not be secure, but it is a good thing for the Herd in regards to depth as the years move along. Lang is a true freshman, who was not redshirted.

Marshall enters a short week, as they will travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma to battle the Golden Hurricane on Thursday night in a game the Herd must win as it continues its push towards a potential CUSA East championship showdown with ECU on Black Friday.

All the Herd has to do is win on the road against two foes that they will most likely be two to three touchdown favorites over, first Tulsa, then Florida International.

Lang currently has 17 tackles on the season, .5 tackles for loss, two pass breakups and one forced fumble. He has played in all 8 games, and started two.

Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com for further updates.

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