October 16, 2013

Mid-Week Football Feed

EAST LANSING - Michigan State's biggest area of improvement during Saturday's victory over Indiana was evident on game film as well as the stat sheet.

Junior tailback Jeremy Langford erupted for a career-high 109 yards and three rushing touchdowns against the Hoosiers as the Spartans broke the 200-yard rushing mark as a team for the first time this year (238). Langford also added an 11-yard TD reception on a screen pass.

The numbers looked good, and for good reason, as Langford showed improvement in his ability to run patiently and set up his blockers. Improvement in this area was evident when Langford rushed for a 5-yard TD run in the second quarter behind the blocking of pulling guard Blake Treadwell on a power out of the shot gun formation.

Langford took the handoff, dipped toward the left side of the line, drawing Hoosier linebackers in that direction. Then Langford waited patiently before veering to his right to follow the prescribed direction of the play, to the right, behind Treadwell.

Langford's early steps gave Treadwell and other MSU offensive linemen better angles with which to seal Indiana defenders to the inside.

Looking for reasons for MSU's red zone improvement against Indiana? Langford's improved patience and experience as a runner was one of them.

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