Jeremy Langford was born in Wayne, Michigan on December 6, 1991. A natural running back for the Michigan State Spartans, he has been asked to play in a variety of different positions for the team, including cornerback, wide receiver and tailback.
Langford attended John Glenn High School in Westland, Michigan, where he played at running back and rushed for 1,932 yards off 205 carries as a senior. He also contributed 24 touchdowns and six 200 yard rushing games. During the Michigan High School All-Star Game, he scored the winning touchdown and led his team with 42 rushing yards. For his efforts, Langford was named as an All-Midwest selection and was widely considered to be one of the top 25 seniors in the state.
Having committed to Michigan State University, Langford was redshirted in 2010 and made his debut for the Spartans in 2011, after switching from running back to cornerback during the preseason. Over the course of the year, he served as backup and featured in all 14 games, registering five tackles, three solo tackles and two fumble recoveries. His best performance of the season came against Indiana, where he was credited with three tackles and a five yard sack in a winning effort.
In 2012, Langford played as a wide receiver during spring practice, before switching back to his original running back position ahead of the regular season. Throughout his sophomore year, he appeared in nine games, mostly on special teams, and rushed nine times for a total of 23 yards as backup to Le'Veon Bell. In addition, he logged one tackle in each of the season's last four games and was named as Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Wisconsin.
As a junior, Langford experienced a record-breaking season after switching to tailback. His 1,422 rushing yards for the year was higher than any other Spartans player in 2013, while he also led the team for rushing touchdowns, with 18, total touchdowns, with 19, and all-purpose yards, with 1,579. Langford started all 14 games for Michigan State and had eight consecutive 100 yard rushing games, setting a new school record in the process. In December, the Spartans went on to upset the Ohio State Buckeyes in order to win the Big Ten Conference Championship Game. For his part, Langford rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown to help seal the victory.
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