Michigan State running back Jeremy Langford did not burst onto the scene for the Spartans.
The junior from Wayne, Mich., patiently waited his turn.
Langford contributed on special teams for two seasons before moving into a starting role for the Spartans, who play Stanford on Wednesday in the 100th Rose Bowl game.
“I never looked too far ahead,” said Langford, who has rushed for 1,338 yards and 17 touchdowns this season. “I knew there were good running backs in front of me. I knew I would have to wait my turn and just be patient. I knew when I got my chance, my opportunity, I’d make the best of it.”
Langford describes his running style as “workhorse.”
“Go get the four yards that we need,” Langford said. “I might not be biggest but I’m going to run with power and I play the whole game. Take no plays off blocking or running.