Georgia Football: The strange case of Brendan Langley


Brendan Langley has had an interesting journey with the Georgia football program.

The story of Dr. Langley and Mr. Hyde had little drama until this past weekend. First, Langley began as a cornerback, then hid as a wide receiver.

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But in this week ‘s installment, Brendan Langley steps into the starter’s role at cornerback against Missouri and a mystery is revealed, “Who is that guy?”

Actually, the Brendan Langley that played for Georgia in 2013 was more reminiscent of the hero in, “Looks like Tarzan plays like Jane.”

Our tale until now:

Langley started four games at cornerback in 2013 before disappearing down the depth chart. After new Defensive Coordinator Jeremy Pruitt came on board, Langley moved to offense .

“After Jeremy worked with him and seeing him run 40s and all that stuff and his skill set on that side of the ball, we felt like he may be better suited as a receiver,” Head Coach mark Richt told

Two weeks ago, with no playing time at wide receiver, none on the horizon, and Georgia losing defensive backs at a debilitating rate, Langley was asked to rejoin the defense. The sophomore from Marietta said he’s willing to play where the Dawgs need him.

“Wherever they put me, I’ll make plays,” Langley told Marc Weiszer of “They threw me out there and gave me an opportunity so I was prepared. I guess I did well.”

I guess he did.

This week, Langley claimed two solo tackles, including a downhill assault reversing Missouri running back Russell Hansbrough and resulting in a one yard loss.

To say it was as if he had never left the secondary is cliché, but also more than truthful. Langley displayed an ease, aggression and toughness not seen in 2013.

“He made some plays for us and that’s what we need,” Damian Swann said. “With a little bit more coaching from coach (Jeremy) Pruitt, I think he’s going to help us a lot.”

The Georgia defensive secondary has struggled throughout the season. At the same time, they get turnovers and tackle well. They also display both toughness and camaraderie. The Bulldog defense welcomed Langley back with open arms, Damian Swann calling Langley’s return a “natural.” Langley responded to Swann’s leadership with a brand new confidence.

This new Tarzan plays more like Mr. Hyde.