Tiquan Lang’s athletic ability outmatches his size

Every now and then there comes a special player that most would call undersized. He shows the entire college football world that he can play. The most recent player to do that? Marshall defensive back Tiquan Lang.

During Sunday’s opening game against the Purdue Boilermakers, Lang showed off why he should be a huge part in the 2016 NFL Draft discussion.

Of Purdue quarterback Austin Appleby’s four interceptions, Lang recorded two of them. On the first play from scrimmage, he picked off a pass and returned it 30 yards for the touchdown seven seconds into the game.

Lang bounced around all game long as he recorded a career-high 17 tackles on the game. The junior cornerback is already reigning in comparisons to NFL guys like Champ Bailey and Tyrann Mathieu. The comparisons is mostly due to his five-foot-eight, 148-pound frame and his tenacious playstyle.

If you thought his playmaking wasn’t going to last, he showed that was absolutely wrong. Late in the fourth quarter, with his team leading 34-31, he picked off his second pass of the day evaded tacklers on his way to a 55-yard touchdown to seal the win for the Thundering Herd.

His play on the national stage against a Power Five conference team like Purdue was good enough to earn him MVP honors for the day.


Lang is showing scouts that he deserves to get as much attention as others in the draft class. Lang’s stock is sky high and it can only go up from here.

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