Landers Athlete of the Week: Langston Murray - Nov. 9
LOGANSPORT, LA (KSLA) - The Logansport Tigers are undefeated on the season for the first time in 19 years.
Defensive end Langston Murray's infectious work ethic has sparked something special in Logansport. Murray says it's all about the hands.
"Hands are everything. A defensive lineman without hands is nothing," said Murray. "If I can make your hands miss me then you can't block me because you can't grab me."
He is a 6 foot 3 offensive and defensive lineman for the Logansport Tigers.
"I grew up watching my uncle and my cousins play and my uncle was a big time player for Logansport in the past and he played linebacker. I watched him play," said Murray. "I also watched my cousin play and I watched my cousin play. I used to go to his games. He played for Evangel and they used to go to state a lot and that was a great experience."
"Now that he's a senior on the Tiger squad he takes pride in being a role model himself and for me that's saying a lot about somebody," said Logansport Head Coach Kevin Magee. "I've got a 6-year-old and a 4-year-old and I would 100% trust him with them in any situation and I think that's one of the highest qualities that you can ask of somebody. Especially a young man."
Langston has made tremendous strides in the weight room. It's evident by a recent video that shows him bench-pressing 225 pounds for 20 reps.
"They were amazed and my coach set it all up when he showed the list of NFL lineman who couldn't do it. Some of them did 18 and some did 17 and I beat 6 NFL players and they are at the NFL draft getting drafted," said Murray.
Murray has 10 college offers on the table and he says its a testament to the hard work.
"It's great, it's great I just to have to keep working and it shows. You know hard work pays off. You know I didn't know I was going to do that and here I am." said Murray.
His dedication is infectious and the now the Tigers have a chance to win a state title.
"He just makes the guys around him so much better, he raises his level of play. Not verbally, necessarily, but by him raising his level of play, but the Tigers are undefeated for the first time in 19 years."
It's understood that quarterbacks, receivers, and running backs get most of the love on the football field, but everybody plays a role and the team as a whole ultimately gets the victory.
Langston Murray believes that linemen have a special place on the field and lead the way on both sides of the ball.
"I don't know. We are just the background and sometimes we are like the tambourine players, but we make sure that everything goes smoothly. To be a lineman, you just can't be selfish. But people who know football ,you know why you are running backs are having success and why things are going smoothly, so it starts with the lineman. But ironically, last Thursday in our last game I got to run the ball and I got a good run off," said Murray.
Win lose or draw, Langston is going places in life. Mot just because of his talent or ability on the field but because of his attitude.
Copyright KSLA 2016. All rights reserved.