STARKVILLE – More than six months after his arrest, Mississippi State junior college transfer Maurice Langston has been reinstated to the football team by coach Dan Mullen.
Langston, a defensive back, was arrested Feb. 28 in Hattiesburg and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Earlier this week, he entered a plea of possession of a controlled substance, which was accepted by the Forrest County district attorney’s office.
On Wednesday, Mullen said Langston could start practicing with the team while remaining on “team probation.”
In a statement, Mullen said, “He has worked out on his own throughout this time. He has worked and will continue to work to fulfill every phase of his discipline as it relates to the football team and athletic department.
“We’re happy to have Maurice back and look forward to him making a positive impact on this football team, this university and this community.”
Langston enrolled at MSU in January, but he was suspended indefinitely from the team following the arrest. He remained enrolled and is reportedly doing well academically.
Paying the price
Langston will be on five years’ probation and must pay a $2,500 fine, along with other fees and court costs, and he must perform 500 hours of community service through the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
“We look at the situation, and part of our job is if we think someone can be punished, rehabilitated and allowed to move forward as a productive citizen, we will look at that,” Forrest County DA Jon Mark Weathers said. “This kid had absolutely no problems before.”
Langston played high school football at Northeast Lauderdale in Meridian, then spent a redshirt freshman year at Arkansas State. He spent the past two seasons at East Mississippi Community College before transferring to MSU.
Langston led the nation with 21 touchdowns last season as a wide receiver and kick returner. He was expected to vie for a starting job at cornerback this season.
Mullen did not say if he would let Langston play this fall, but with no redshirt to burn and the Bulldogs in need of secondary depth, he could get worked into the lineup quickly.
MSU is 1-1 overall, 0-1 in SEC play heading into this week’s game at Vanderbilt (1-1, 0-1).
The other man arrested with Langston, former EMCC teammate James Jenkins, still faces a possible indictment from a grand jury on possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
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