In My Words with Reshard Langford

Oct. 22, 2008

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Regarded as one of the hardest hitters in the SEC, senior safety Reshard Langford is known on the field for his mean streak and bone-jarring hits. However, to many children in East Nashville, the Tanner, Ala., native is known much more for his work as a mentor than his play on the field. For the third year in a row, Langford spent much of his summer mentoring kids at the Martha O'Bryan Center, a Christian outreach ministry in East Nashville that helps underprivileged children. In addition to being a leader in the community, Langford also is a leader in the locker room, where he was voted the defensive captain for 2008. A three-year starter, Langford was a preseason third team All-SEC selection by the league's head coaches. He also is expected to graduate in December with a degree in sociology.

On working at the Martha O'Bryan Center

It's been a good experience going down there and working with the kids. I love working with kids. I just enjoy shedding knowledge on the kids and passing along things that I've learned growing up.

On why he wears number 33

I'm a Christian, and I believe in the Lord. I chose 33 because Jesus died on the cross at the age of 33.

On the importance of his faith

Faith is a real big part of my life. I grew up around the church. I never really understood it until I got older and matured. I'm just blessed.

On being a captain in 2008

It is an honor that so many of my teammates had faith in me to vote for me as a captain. It has been great having the responsibility of trying to lead the team. There has been a lot of responsibility on my shoulders, knowing that I can't slack and let off on anything because so many people watch me, and I don't want to let them down.

On being a role model to kids in his hometown of Tanner, Ala.

I haven't gotten to go back a lot since coming to Vanderbilt, but when I do go back, I talk to the kids and I try to let them know that they can do it. I also try to make sure that they put school first because my parents stayed on me to do it. It's worked out so far, and hopefully I can pass everything on.

For his intimidating pose in photos

I don't know where I got that (look). I guess I got it from being out (on the football field) because I have to look intimidating on the field. Looks are a part of it. If I were smiling all the time, people wouldn't be scared to come across the middle. It is just a part of me being on defense.

On his passion for electronics

I've been into electronics for a long time. I was always trying to figure things out when I was younger. I remember when I was a little kid hooking up speakers from my entertainment center to the TV in my room. Now that I've gotten older, I get on the computer and research the latest electronics. I don't have an iPod, so I incorporate my music by putting it on my phone.

On going to watch "The Dark Knight" at 3:10 a.m. on opening night

I just like going to movies because it is something else to do. I like Batman. I don't really like Superman because it is unrealistic, but Batman is more realistic. Going to movies keeps me out of trouble, and I'm really happy where I am.

On Vanderbilt returning its entire starting secondary

It's a lot easier for us on the field because we can focus on a lot more of the smaller things, such as seeing routes and working on balance. Already knowing the defense has helped us out a lot. Just working together, we understand each other, so we don't have to say a lot. We say one word and everyone knows what is going on.

On his nickname "Scud"

I got the nickname my freshman year when we were playing 7-on-7 my first summer after high school. I was learning the defense and I came down and didn't see (former tight end) Jonathan Loyte. I hit him coming out of the post and (former wide receiver) Chris Young gave me the nickname Scud because he said I was fast like a missile and hit hard. I like the nickname and that is what everybody calls me now.



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