Oct. 14, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State junior running back Jeremy Langford has been named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, while junior punter Mike Sadler has earned Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors, the conference office announced on Monday.
Langford recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game in Michigan State's 42-28 victory over Indiana, setting personal bests for carries (23), rushing yards (109) and rushing touchdowns (3). He scored on runs of 5, 2 and career-long 32 yards. Langford accounted for a career-best four TDs, including his first career TD reception on an 11-yard screen pass from Connor Cook early in the second quarter. He compiled a career-best 120 all-purpose yards against the Hoosiers.
The native of Wayne, Mich., leads the team and ranks 10th in the Big Ten in rushing, averaging 70.0 yards per game (420 yards total). Langford also ranks tied for first in the Big Ten with eight total touchdowns (seven rushing, one receiving).
"Jeremy Langford did a great job Saturday of finding the holes, getting through the line of scrimmage and then breaking some tackles," said co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach Dave Warner. "He picked up quite a few yards after contact against Indiana. On this third touchdown run late in the third quarter, Jeremy finally had an opportunity to show off his true speed when he ran around left end. Right now, his confidence is up and he wants the ball in his hands.
"Jeremy also can be a receiving threat out of the backfield, as he showed scoring on the screen pass early in the second quarter."
Sadler averaged a career-best 59.2 yards on four punts in Michigan State's 42-28 victory over Indiana, including a season-long 69-yarder in the fourth quarter. Sadler also placed one kick inside the Indiana 10-yard line.
With his 43.8-yard average, Sadler ranks first in the Big Ten and 25th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in punting. He has placed 41 percent of his punts (15-of-34) inside the 20 this season.
"Mike has done a great job of pinning opponents inside their own 20 all year long, but on Saturday he had the opportunity to show off his leg strength and made the most of it," said linebackers/special teams coach Mike Tressel. "His ability to flip the field position was critical to our victory. He is a weapon for this football team."
This marks the third time that Sadler has been named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week (2012 vs. Nebraska, 2011 vs. Minnesota).
Michigan State (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) returns to action against Purdue (1-5, 0-2) on Saturday, Oct. 19 at noon in Spartan Stadium.