One of the great stories from the Mizzou game was the resurrection of Brendan Langley.
Langley hadn’t been able to work his way into the lineup as a receiver and was quietly moved back to defense the week of the Vanderbilt game. After getting in for a couple of plays against the Commodores, Langley started at left cornerback against Missouri and played most of the game. He finished with three tackles and a tackle for loss as the Bulldogs recorded four interceptions, their most since the 2008 Sugar Bowl win over Hawaii.
Langley could have had an “I told you so” attitude, but that’s not what he displayed after Saturday’s game.
“It was just a mutual thing between me and the coaches,” Langley said of moving back to defense. “I really didn’t think anything of it. They just called my number and I knew I had an opportunity to go make plays and I did. I needed to progress and make plays during the week and I did. I guess I did well.”
Langley said he didn’t find out until Friday afternoon that Jeremy Pruitt intended to start him at left cornerback.
I watched the first half of the game again last night and was struck by how controlled Langley looked. He wasn’t perfect, but he didn’t seem flustered or panicked. He was good in coverage and made a couple of solid tackles in run support.
More than that, his insertion into the starting line up allowed Pruitt to move Swann to the star position, which is where Swann has played his best at Georgia, and moved Sanders back to safety. Both moves paid off, and it makes me wonder if perhaps six games in Pruitt has found his best personnel mix in the secondary for deploying the 4-2-5.