Langley Garners First-Team All-SLC Honors
FRISCO, Texas – Senior Brendan Langley has been named first-team All-Southland Conference as a defensive back and punt return specialist announced league officials Tuesday afternoon. In addition to Langley, four other Cardinals were named to the 2016 All-Southland teams as voted on by the league head coaches and media relations directors.
Langley was joined on the team by classmates Xavier Bethany, Koby Couron, Kade Harrington and DeAndre Jennings. Bethany garnered second-team recognition, while Couron, Harrington and Jennings received an honorable mention nod.
A versatile athlete, Langley impacted all three phases of the game during his career with the Cardinals. Transferring to LU as receiver, he converted to the defensive side of the ball midway through his junior campaign. Langley spent the whole 2016 season at corner and become one of the nation’s best.
Langley guided the Southland’s top pass defense which surrendered fewer than 190 yards per game. He led the Southland, and ranked among the nation’s top 10 in interceptions per game. His six interceptions on the season tied for the second most in the country.
Langley tied a school record with three interceptions in the squad’s victory over Southeastern Louisiana to earn conference defensive player of the week honors. His three-interception game equaled an outcome that had only been seen two other times in program history, and the first time since 1983. The other two Cardinals to record three picks in a game are Donald Rawls (1983) and Pat Gibbs (1971).
Langley also became the first player in program history to return two punts for scores in a single game to earn Southland Special Teams Player of the Week honors against Incarnate Word. Langley returned 21 punts for 245 yards (11.7 ypr) and two scores as a senior. He is one of just four athletes nationally to return at least two punts for touchdowns this past season.
Bethany has been one of the Southland’s top safeties during his four-year career. The Burton, Texas native finished third in the league with 103 tackles (9.4 pg). He teamed with Langley to create one of the more intimidating defensive backfields in school history. Bethany ranked fourth in the Southland in interceptions, and was also among the league leaders in passes defended as a senior.
A two-year starter, Jennings has been one of the league’s top tight ends during his time at LU. He recorded a career year for the Cardinals hauling in 22 passes for 217 yards. Couron started all 11 games for the Cardinals at defensive end in 2016. The Nederland, Texas native, recorded 25 tackles, including two for losses, and was credited with a pass break up and a quarterback hurry.
The school’s all-time leading rusher, Harrington’s season was cut short by an injury midway through the year. Despite the injury, Harrington still rushed for 636 yards and four touchdowns, and hauled in nine passes for 120 yards.