"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.
The former 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 team out."
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 this season.
"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.
"I'm 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 them."
The Golden Hurricane open the regular season Thursday, August 29 at Bowling Green.