October 24, 2009

Langston learning from experience

Maurice Langston did not know if he would ever get a chance to suit up after signing with Mississippi State after transferring from East Central Community College in January.

Langston was suspended indefinitely from the Bulldogs program following an arrest for marijuana possession in February and faced up to 20 years in prison.

The former three-star prospect had to sit out of team activities for over seven months until a deferred plea agreement was reached. Langston missed spring training, team summer conditioning workouts, all of fall camp and the first three games of the season before he practiced for the first time in late September.

"It was a big learning experience for me," Langston said. "I learned a lot about myself during that whole time. I learned that I have to keep striving and pushing on. I had to leave everything in God's hands. This whole time I was helpless and couldn't really do anything. I was just waiting and trying to see what was going to happen. It was out of my hands so I just left it up to God.

"It was pretty tough at first but the whole time I was thinking I'm going to get my chance. I just had to wait my time. I put myself in this predicament and I can't be mad at no one but myself. I just waited it out and I knew God was going to take care of it and I was going to get my shot."

Despite the uncertainty of his situation and not knowing when or if he would ever play, Langston continued to work out on his own.

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