This is the 20th in a 50-day summer series counting down the top players in Michigan State football history, as I see them. As with last year’s MSU basketball top 50, the criteria is performance and impact at MSU only, professional career irrelevant. Have your own opinion? Leave a comment or tweet at me @Graham_Couch.
No. 31 – Jeremy Langford
Running back, 2011-14, Wayne
The skinny: Langford was not the strongest or fastest or flashiest modern MSU running back. But there hasn’t been a more important running back at MSU since Lorenzo White. Langford came out of nowhere at the most necessary time, early in his junior season, putting together 16 straight 100-yard games in Big Ten play. His 2,967 yards — at 5.1 yards per carry — and 40 touchdowns combined in 2013 and ’14 were critical to the two best seasons in nearly half a century of MSU football. Only White and Javon Ringer have rushed for more yards in two seasons in program history, and no Spartan running back has ever gone from zero to star so quickly. White’s school-record 43 career touchdowns came over four seasons. Langford is next on MSU’s all-time list, all of his touchdowns coming in two. – Read more at LSJ.com