That change of scenery has been cemented, as has a surprising change of position.
As the Cougars opened summer camp Friday, Langi was on the field and practicing with his new teammates. And, instead of being in the backfield where he spent his (brief) time with the Utes, Langi was practicing as a linebacker.
According to head coach Bronco Mendenhall, that was the player’s preference.
“That’s where he chose to play,” said Mendenhall. “I am very impressed, not only with him as a person, but as a football player just [after] one practice. So we are right at the beginning of his career, but I am impressed with him.”
Langi, who per Mendenhall’s policy will not be permitted to speak to the media until after the first game of the year, went on a church mission in July of 2012 but planned to return to the Utes in 2014. Instead, upon his return, he decide to move on to the in-state rival Cougars.
Also, because of that mission and what’s described as an NCAA loophole, Langi will be eligible to play immediately in 2014.
Langi was a four-star member of the Utes’ 2011 recruiting class, rated as the No. 17 running back in the country coming out of high school in South Jordon, Utah. He rushed for 70 yards as a true freshman before sitting out the past two seasons.
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