Jeremy Langford’s 2013 season doesn’t seem to get enough fan fare. Did you know his 18 rushing touchdowns led the Big Ten, which was home to names such as Ameer Abdullah, Melvin Gordon and Carlos Hyde, among others? The Big Ten is loaded at running back, once again, so it will be a fun race. See who are panelists pick to win the rushing TD crown in this post.
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2013 leader: Jeremy Langford, Michigan State – 18
2014 returning leader: Jeremy Langford, Michigan State – 18
Tom Dienhart: Jeremy Langford, RB, Michigan State. The Spartans figure to have one of the top offenses in the Big Ten. And Langford will be the guy who frequently cashes in, pushing the ball to pay dirt with his physical style. He rushed for 18 scores in a breakout 2013. He’ll come close to matching that this fall.
Sean Merriman: Jeremy Langford, RB, Michigan State. How do you not go with a guy who rushed for 1,422 yards and a league-leading 18 touchdowns last season? The Spartans return a ton of talent on the offensive line, which means this group should be able to lead Langford to another huge season. Mark Dantonio loves to ride his lead back, and that means Langford will have plenty of opportunities to reach paydirt.
Brent Yarina: Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana. Arguably the Big Ten’s most underrated player, Coleman sprinted for 12 scores in just nine games last season. If Coleman can stay healthy, that number will improve quite a bit, especially considering the weapons the Hoosiers lost in the passing game. There’s also this: Melvin Gordon raves about Coleman, and who am I to argue with one of the Big Ten’s best?