The Michigan State Spartans beat a tough Indiana Hoosiers team on Saturday in East Lansing. The Spartans have a great defense but have been struggling offensively as they tried to decide who their starting quarterback would be.
They have since decided on quarterback Connor Cook, who proved himself worthy of the starting position in the Spartans’ win over the Iowa Hawkeyes last week in Iowa City. Their passing game has been on the rise, but the Spartans needed to find some balance in their offense by establishing a running game.
Could running back Jeremy Langford be the answer?
Langford sure made a good case for himself on Saturday against the Hoosiers. He had his first 100-yard game, as he ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught a touchdown pass, giving him a total of four, which is the most by a Spartans player since 2010.
If this case is not good enough to make him the go-to running back, then I don’t know what is. He more than proved he is worthy of the position.
The rest of the Spartan running backs, including Delton Williams and R.J. Shelton, are good but both are freshmen and don’t have the experience that a junior like Langford has.
Langford’s effort, along with the efforts of Williams and Shelton, helped the offense achieve some balance. It was not all about the pass against the Hoosiers, as the Spartans had 235 yards passing and 238 yards rushing. You can’t get much more balanced than that.
Langford was given a chance to prove himself and he took advantage of it with a performance that shows he is more than capable of handling the lead running back position. The Spartans will continue to be successful in their running game if they continue to give Langford plenty of playing time. We’ll have to wait and see what they decide to do this week against the Purdue Boilermakers, but there’s a good chance we could see plenty of Langford once again.