Jeremy Langford (born December 6, 1991) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Michigan State, and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Early years

Langford attended John Glenn High School in Westland, Michigan, where he played football and ran track. As a senior, he rushed for 1932 yards on 205 carries with 24 touchdowns. [2]

He was also on the school's track & field team, where he competed as a sprinter. At the 2010 Huron Relays, he placed 7th in the 60 meters at 7.11 seconds. [3] He was timed at 10.6 seconds in the 100 meters as a high school junior.

Regarded as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com , he was ranked the No. 37 running back nationally. [4] He chose Michigan State over scholarship offers from Colorado and Bowling Green.

College career

Langford was red-shirted as a freshman in 2010. As a red-shirt freshman in 2011, he was a backup running back and played special teams, recording a sack and a touchdown on a fumble return. [5] In 2012, he was a backup to Le'Veon Bell, rushing nine times for 23 yards. [6] [7] As a junior in 2013, he started all 14 games, rushing for 1,422 yards on 292 carries with 18 touchdowns. [8] As a senior, he rushed for a career-high 1,522 yards on 276 carries and recorded 22 touchdowns, tying the school record set by Javon Ringer in 2008. In the 2015 Cotton Bowl versus Baylor, he rushed for 162 yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns, helping lead the Spartans to a 42–41 victory. [9]

Career statistics
NCAA collegiate career statistics
Michigan State Spartans
Rushing Receiving
Year Team Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2012 Michigan State 9 23 2.6 5 0
2013 Michigan State 292 1,422 4.9 44 18 28 157 5.6 1
2014 Michigan State 276 1,522 5.5 38 22 11 62 6.1 0
Career 577 2,967 5.1 44 40 40 219 5.5 1

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40‑yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
208 lb
(94 kg)
31 1 2 in
(0.80 m)
8 3 4 in
(0.22 m)
4.42 s 1.55 s 2.58 s 4.32 s 7.22 s 34 1 2 in
(0.88 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
19 reps
All values from NFL Combine /Michigan State's Pro Day [31]

Chicago Bears

2015 season

Langford was drafted in the fourth round (106th overall) by the Chicago Bears in the 2015 NFL Draft. [2] He was the ninth running back out of the 23 drafted.

He entered training camp competing with Jacquizz Rodgers, Senorise Perry, and Ka'Deem Carey for the backup running back position. Langford was named the Bears' third running back on their depth chart behind veterans Matt Forte and Jacquizz Rodgers to begin the regular season. [2] During the Chicago Bears season opener against the Green Bay Packers, he received his first career carry for one-yard. The next game, he had six carries for 21 yards while scoring his first career rushing touchdown on a one-yard run against the Arizona Cardinals. [2]

Throughout the first seven games of the season, Langford had a light workload, backing up long-time Bears running back Matt Forte. In Week 8, against the Minnesota Vikings, he had a season high 12 carries for 46 rushing yards after Forte left the game with a knee injury. [2]

Langford received his first career start on November 9, 2015, filling in for injured veteran Matt Forte against the San Diego Chargers, gaining 73 rushing yards on 20 carries and a rushing touchdown, as well as 70 receiving yards on three catches which included a 23-yard gain, [2] and a 31-yard catch, [2] helping the Bears come back in the fourth quarter and win the Week 9 match-up, 23-20. [2] [2]

Langford recorded a career-high 83 yards rushing on 18 carries against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 27, 2015. [2] [2]

2016 season

Langford opened up the 2016 season as the Bears starting running back. He started the first three games before suffering an ankle sprain in Week 3, causing him to miss several weeks. During that time, rookie Jordan Howard emerged as the starting running back. Langford returning to action in Week 8, however Howard kept the starting job the rest of the season, demoting Langford to the No. 2 back. He finished the season with 200 rushing yards and four touchdowns, along with 19 receptions for 142 yards.

On September 3, 2017, Langford was released by the Bears. [3]

Baltimore Ravens

On September 5, 2017, Langford was signed to the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad. [3] On September 14, 2017, Langford was promoted to the active roster after an injury to Danny Woodhead. [3] However two days later, Langford was waived by the Ravens and re-signed back to the practice squad. [3] [3] He was released by the team on September 27, 2017. [3]

Personal life

Langford was raised by his mother, Shamine Langford, and his father, Jeffrey Langford.