The only returnee to start more than 20 games in his career, Langford will not only have to be an offensive workhorse, but the leader on and off the court.
At 6-8, 245 pounds, Langford looks like he has added ten pounds of muscle from last year.
"Coach Christian came in and said he wanted us to get stronger. From the top to the bottom," said the senior to BigPurpleNation.com "So everybody really committed to hitting the weights hard this summer and conditioning better."
Langford could be in for a prime year. He should have a great outside threat to kick to in junior college transfer Edvinas Ruzgas. Ruzgas shot over 50% from three-point land at Weatherford and should force defenses not to collapse on the paint as quickly. Langford could also get some major help from fellow post player Zvonko Buljan. The native of Croatia, Buljan has showed he is an excellent rebounder and has a good arsenal of post moves. It could be really fun to see the two play a high-low game this year.
"It has just been an atmosphere of the unknown. A lot of young guys and nobody is really picking us to do anything this year, so we are out prove them wrong," said Langford.
After watching a few selected games from last year, Langford looks like through three practices he is more comfortable with his role in the offense.
"I didn't watch any tape so I have no idea," said Coach Christian to BigPurpleNation.com. "The only thing I can go by is what I see right now. He is a coachable guy, he is working hard, and he is acting like a leader. He is doing what we are asking him to do."
Last year, Langford posted double-digit scoring performances in 24 of 30 games for the Frogs. The senior already graduated last December with a bachelor's degree in sociology and a minor in criminal justice. This semester he is working on his master's degree in educational administration.