September 23, 2010

Langston locking it down at corner

When Maurice Langston made his return to football four weeks into last season not only did he have to play catch-up with a new team but also had to learn to an entirely new position.

The former junior college wide receiver made the move to cornerback and ended up starting the final five games for Mississippi State in 2009. But Langston made a huge impact in the Bulldogs season opener picking off two passes to get his year started off strong.

"That was big for me because I didn't get any picks all of last year," Langston said. "This year I was coming out trying to make a statement and hopefully show everybody that I've been working over the summer and trying to do what I came here to do."

Langston has spent his team under the tutelage of cornerbacks coach [/db]Melvin Smith[/db] adapting to playing on the opposite side of the ball than he is accustomed to.

"I feel like I am starting to learn a lot about the position," Langston said. "When I first got here I didn't know anything about cornerback because I'd never played it before. A year under Coach Smith and the spring, summer and fall camp has really helped me out a lot."

The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder was a member of MSU's 2009 signing class and enrolled in the spring of that year. But Langston was suspended indefinitely before spring practice began when he was arrested for a pound of marijuana with the intent to distribute in Hattiesburg, Miss.

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