RB Langford adjusting to grind of Senior Bowl

Michigan State running back Jeremy Langford said the initial stages of the Senior Bowl are harder than school, but he had an impressive first day in Mobile.

When you look at the running back position in the 2015 Senior Bowl, the name Jeremy Langford might not be the top name you mention, but on the first day of practice for the North squad, it was Langford who seemed to show his best and perhaps even raise his stock in the eyes of those in attendance.

Langford helped Michigan State to an 11-2 record in 2014 while rushing for 1,522 yards and 22 scores in the Spartans pro-style offense. For his career, Langford was a workhorse back, carrying the football 577 times in three seasons while gaining 2,967 yards and scoring 40 touchdowns. He averaged an impressive 5.1 yards per carry for his career.

Langford spoke about his first day at the Senior Bowl, and how he is handling the process.

”When we first got here we hit the ground running, which is the biggest difference from college to the NFL,” said Langford. “It’s an adjustment in both scheme and lifestyle, but it has started to slow down and I’m getting more comfortable and into a groove.”

Langford seems to possess extreme confidence and spoke about what makes him different from the other backs at the Senior Bowl and in the entire draft class.

”I feel like I can do it all. I can be a three-down back, I can run routes both as a receiver and out of the backfield,” he said. “I feel like at the same time I can get the third-and-shorts, but banging it in there as well as pass blocking. I think I’m best at that and that’s what it takes to be a three-down back.”

Like most of the players at the Senior Bowl, Langford has no clue which teams might or might not be interested in adding him to their team, though he acknowledged that several teams approached him immediately upon his arrival at the team headquarters in Mobile.

”I talked to several teams right away, and had a lot thrown at me so I didn’t really think about if there were really interested in me because I was kind of just going through the motions during the interviews and all the test that were thrown at me yesterday,” admitted Langford.

As far as the test, Langford admitted that it was tougher in some ways than any classes he took at Michigan State.

”It’s just the way they work it, throwing so much at you at once” he said. “We flew in, took physicals then immediately had to take a test, then came back down and took another test that you had 30 minutes to complete. I think it’s the way they do it and the time consumed that makes it harder and then you think that this is really our first big-time job interview and it goes on for days. Yes, it is tougher that school.”

Langford was listed at 6-foot-1, 208 pounds at Michigan State, but measured 5-11, 211, which should not make much difference in his draft stock, which after day one seemed to be on the rise.



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