On Saturday, against No. 13 South Carolina, Brendan Langley looked like a freshman.
Langley, a true freshman out of Kell High School in Marietta, Ga. proved himself in the offseason and earned the starting cornerback position this summer opposite junior Damian Swann. However, in Saturday’s 41-30 win over South Carolina, many couldn’t see how he’d actually earned that spot.
South Carolina’s secondary coach Grady Brown reached out to Langley, who was a former South Carolina commit, after a tough loss to then No. 8 Clemson. After speaking with Brown, Langley said “It’s gonna be coming.”
He was right.
The true freshman was picked on early and often and was in coverage for 110 of South Carolina’s 228 passing yards, eight receptions and two touchdowns. He was even beat twice by Gamecock receiver Nick Jones.
“You’re gonna get beat, but you’ve gotta have a short-term memory and make a play the next play,” Langley said. “Which I believe I did.”
Langley came away with a pass breakup, which very well could have been an interception had he turned around in enough time.
Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham never took Langley out of the game, letting him play through the action. In the end, Georgia came out with a win. So, Langley can chalk this game up as a learning experience.
But, where does Langley go from here?
He has to get better because others are vying for his spot, and he knows just that. Sophomore Sheldon Dawson and freshman Shaq Wiggins are itching to get on the field if Langley can’t pick up the pace. Wiggins has even gone to Twitter to express his concern about not seeing the field as much as he’d like.
The Bulldogs are off this week and return to the action against North Texas at 12:21 p.m. ET in Athens.