Langford earns start through consistency

Junior running back learns via Twitter that he will start Friday against Western Michigan.

While Michigan State informed Andrew Maxwell that he would be the starting quarterback against Western Michigan, the starting running back found out a little bit differently.

"I saw it earlier today that I was going to be a starter and it was exciting," junior Jeremy Langford said. "I saw it on Twitter."

His first call after that went to his Dad, naturally.

"I called my dad and tell him I worked hard for it and I stayed consistent," he said. "We talked throughout fall camp and I earned it. He was excited for me. He told me every day of camp, be consistent and it worked."

As the quarterback battle was the focus of camp, the running back battle somewhat quietly sorted itself out.

Langford, who has nine carries for 23 yards in his career, and redshirt freshman Riley Bullough are listed at the top of the depth chart.

Head coach Mark Dantonio said he has a great deal of faith in the running backs MSU has and that Langford had a great fall camp.

"One thing I am confident of is that Jeremy Langford had an excellent, excellent camp," Dantonio said. "I think he is ready for a great season. He can make them miss. He can go the distance anytime he gets the ball."

Langford said this fall one of the focuses for him was not feeling need to go the distance on every play.

"It was mainly just the physical aspect and just getting four yards and not trying to hit a home run each play," he said. "Get the ball, get the four yards and eventually it will pop."

Dantonio also said that Bullough has been solid and after missing a little bit of time with an injury, he is back and ready to go. He also praised other running backs.

"Nick Hill is a guy that demonstrated last week that he has some get up and go in him as well," he said. "And then I think that our freshmen running backs are going to very good players as we move forward. Delton Williams, we may play him, we may not. We will see how that all shakes out."

Langford said he believes the coaches will go with whoever is running the ball the best as the season progresses.

"I think we will go with whoever has the hot hand," he said. "We all gotta work for it and do our best to help the team and get us to where we gotta be."

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