Maurice Langston Has High Hopes For 2010

Maurice Langston's 2009 season was not what he had hoped it would be after signing with Mississippi State in December 2008. He saw his Bulldog career derailed during the spring of 2009 due to legal issues that caused him to miss the spring, summer and the first four games of 2009. But with that now behind him he expects to finally be the player that the MSU coaches saw in the 2008 season.

One of the reasons he expects to be a much improved player is due to being able to go through spring practice and the summer workouts.

"Working out this summer has helped me tremendously," said the 5-10, 185-pound cornerback. "I'm able to lift and and run with these guys and get in better condition and get stronger and faster. And I'm able to work on my craft. A lot of time I missed last year was working on technique and learning the position and plays. Now that I have gotten all that done (in the spring) I feel I'm going to be a much better player."

A player that the Mississippi State fans haven't seen, even during the seven 2009 games he played in.

"They will see a totally different player than they saw last year," said Maurice Langston, who started four of the seven games. "Mississippi State fans will see a much better player, the player (the MSU coaching staff) signed in 2008. I feel I am going to be that guy again. My confidence level is way up and I'm a lot more comfortable with the system and knowing the plays."

And they will see a guy who is known for speed, speed and more speed. When asked how fast he really is in the forty, a smile came across his face and he answered but with hesitation.

"I don't really know," said Langston, rated a four-star recruit by when he signed with Mississippi State. "I haven't run the forty in a while."

When pressed further, he finally gave a number.

"The last time I ran it, it was a 4.3," said Langston. "They didn't really believe it so they didn't really give it to me (laugh)."

While MSU fans will, hopefully, see the player that caused so many colleges to offer him a scholarship during his sophomore season at East Central Community College, what they won't be able to see is the new man that he now is off the field. He is the first to admit that he grew up a lot during his time away from football last year.

"It helped me a lot because it put a lot of things in perspective for me and helped me get my priorities straight," said Langston. "After going through that situation it really let me know that family is more important. And due to not being out here with these guys there were a lot of things that I missed because I went through that situation. I was really depressed during that time. Now, I appreciate things more."

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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