What a difference a year makes for Jeremy Langford.
Entering spring ball last season, he was somewhat of an afterthought in the Michigan State running back battle. This time around, he is coming off a season in which he led the Big Ten in rushing touchdowns and wants to make his name known more.
But it starts inside the conference and wanting to see his name on All-Big Ten teams.
"I want to do that," he said. "It kind of hurt (not making it last year), but we had some great running backs in the Big Ten so I wasn't too worried about it, but now I want to Big Ten and nationally."
The will-be senior, who entered last season with nine carries for 23 yards, had a break out season after emerging as the starting running back.
He had 18 rushing touchdowns and averaged 4.87 yards per carry, but that is in the past. He is ready to be back at square one and that has been his mentality this offseason.
"Never thought about the season I had last year," he said. "That was in the past and still working like I was third on the depth chart."
His focus has been clear, too. Langford had a knack for making big plays in the fourth quarter.
A year ago, Langford had five runs of 20-plus yards in the fourth quarter and averaged 5.65 yards per carry – his highest numbers in any quarter.
This season, he wants to be a complete back from the first snap to the final whistle in 2014.
"Pass blocking and getting going earlier in games, especially," he said. "Starting early in the first quarter, second quarter and still have the stamina to finish in the fourth quarter and break longer runs."
So even though he won the competition last year, Langford still is looking to improve – and knows the competition will keep making him better.
"There's always competition in the running back room," he said. "There always is someone pushing you, like Nick Hill and Gerald (Holmes) and Delton (Williams).
"They are all pushing me and we are all competing."