"We've got Trey [Watts] with all the jukes and stuff, J.T. [Ja'Terian
Douglas] with all the speed, I'm just going to help out anyway I can,"
said sophomore running back Zack Langer after Monday morning's workout
on the practice fields at the University of Tulsa.
Jenks Trojan played last season on special teams and saw some touches
late in games that were all but decided. Langer showed flashes of
brilliance, most notably, taking a short catch on the flat against UTEP
and turning it into a 55-yard reception.
With the departure of senior Alex Singleton, Tulsa's short yardage tailback, it appears Langer has proven through fall camp he deserves to be part of the Golden Hurricane's running back "committee."
"Zack Langer has really developed into a legitimate threat for us,"
explained head coach Bill Blankenship. "James Flanders has been solid.
So I feel really good about those four guys going into this thing."
If Langer's assessment of Watts being the "elusive" back and Douglas
the "speed" one is accurate, then Langer's attributes should compliment
the others nicely.
"I bring the power. I like to consider
myself a hard-nosed runner; just running down hill," Langer said. "I
make one hard cut and go. I'm just going to come in there and help the
Aside from special teams and limited touches, Langer has been
watching and learning from some of the best running backs in the Golden
Hurricane's history. And if he can incorporate their knowledge into his
game, it'll be one more reason Tulsa could be a legitimate top 25 team
"He's gotten better since he's been here," said senior running back
Ja'Terian Douglas. "[Langer] is a big strong kid and one of the
strongest running backs that we have. I'm looking forward to just
watching him work."
"I love J.T. and Trey. Seeing them get to play, that's fine with me," Langer said.
just going out there on special teams to get out on the field. But
these guys are awesome and I enjoy watching them and learning from
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