Ex-Foothill High School kicker James Langford (class of 2010) will bypass his scholarship at Cal Poly to try and walk on as a transfer at Cal. Langford was the starting kicker as a sophomore for the Mustangs this past season, winning high acclaim, including two national College Football Performance Awards Placekicking Performance of the Week honors, (one of only two players to do so nationally). He was the Great West Conference leading scorer in league play. He was 15 for 20 in field goals, with one blocked, and was 41 of 42 in PAT’s.
The strong-legged Langford was known for his last-minute 57-yard field goal in the high school Holiday Classic All-Star game in Sacramento to send the game to overtime, and was highly recruited by a number of Pac-12 schools coming out of Foothill. He made the Dean’s List at Cal Poly and is hoping to attend the Haas undergraduate school of business, at Cal, where he has no guarantee of playing time.
When asked why he would walk away from a scholarship for such a walk-on opportunity, Langford said he has always wanted to play at Cal, and when visiting the Rose Bowl last year decided he wanted to play there himself and try to help a team get that opportunity. He noted that, “Playing time is never assured no matter what school you attend; every day you have to be the best student-athlete you can possibly be.”
As a Division 1 transfer, the sophomore Langford will have to sit out a year, but will be able to participate in spring ball for the Bears. He will then have two years to play.
Langford had also been honored for making all his high-pressure kicks, including a 50-yard field goal to give Cal Poly the lead at Montana, a 38-yard kick in overtime to tie against Eastern Washington, and 39-yard game winning field goal with less than a minute left against South Dakota to give Cal Poly the Great West league championship.
The Mustangs ended the season ranked No. 8 among all 124 NCAA Division I FCS teams (Sagarin rankings published in USA Today). Next year’s Cal opponent Southern Utah played in the same league, which was ranked first in level of difficulty by the same end-of-season Sagarin rankings.
Misc. highlights can be seen at:
Kickoffs: http://youtu.be/989IPmh50iQ and
Field goals: http://youtu.be/i-meBITq7H8