Football: Cal Poly kicker to walk on at Cal

Pleasanton native James Langford, who made 15 of 20 field goals and 41 of 42 PATs last season for Cal Poly, is leaving the Mustangs and plans to walk on at Cal, his father said.

Langford, who once kicked a 57-yard field goal at the Holiday Classic All-Star Game in Sacramento while at Foothill High, will sit out next season and have two seasons of eligibility left. He intends to enroll next week, which would make him eligible to participate in spring ball.

Langford made a 50-yard field goal this season against Montana and a 39-yarder with 36 seconds left to beat South Dakota.

KCOY Channel 12/Fox 11 Central Coast News also reported the news.


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  • SteveNTEXAS

    41 out of 42 is pretty good and presumably he will get better. As for the field goals we would need to know about the ones he missed as well but he certainly has the ability. Nice pickup.

  • rollonubears

    41-42 blows GT out of the water, but I’m concerned about the FG, too. Nice to have somebody who can at least be serviceable. We desperately need a kicker. I can’t believe we can’t find a smart kid with a big leg who wants a Cal degree. There have to be at least a few dozen out there.

  • Caladan

    It sure would be nice not having to cross fingers, toes, and eyes for every PAT attempt anymore.

  • ScottyBear

    Can he get his kick-off into the end zone?

  • ConcordBear

    Need a kicker to can do all three things well, hit PAT’s in his sleep, make FG’s up to 50 and always make the important ones, and KO well.
    We have not had a kicker that could kick off well in what seems like forever!
    Competition at all positions is great, may cream rise to top.

  • David

    Hopefully he continues to kick as well with our ultra poor protection.

  • Juancho

    This is weird since one of our recruits, Leininger is considered one of the top high school kickers in the country.

    Hopefully this doesn’t mean he’s changed his mind and will sign somewhere else.

  • rollonubears

    Sweet! So we did recruit a kicker? I had no idea. No mention of it anywhere.

  • rob bear

    The key is can he kick the ball into the end zone on kickoffs. Imagine the pressure that this puts on opposing offenses. This is what is lacking in our current stable of kickers.

  • 79alumni

    I didn’t think kickers typically got scholarships .. those being reserved for the “prime time” positions.

  • Juancho

    I just realized something with regard to Arik Armstead and his commitment announcement.

    1. He has said he will be an early enrollee wherever he chooses.

    2. Classes start at Notre Dame on January 16. However, registration for Spring takes place in the month of November at their university.

    3. Classes start at Oregon January 9. So it’s not them. Even though they continue to be in the “top 3”.

    4. Classes start at Cal January 17. All registration matters need to be done by the 15th.

    5. It’s us or Notre Dame, and the announcement has to be soon since time is up.

    6. I’m wildly speculating that the rumour Armstead is already a silent Cal commit has to be true. Ours is the only one of these three that makes sense if he really is going to enroll early and take part in Spring Ball.

    So good for us.

  • rollonubears

    can he play hoops now, too?

  • David

    Leininger was recruited to PUNT for us. He’s the best combo prospect, but he’ll punt instead of kick, and not both.

  • Juancho

    Rollon – in an interview Armstead said one of the benefits of Notre Dame was that coach would let him play this semester.

    When he talked about Cal, he said they would have to think about it. And it seemed like he wouldn’t waste his eligibility and would start with them next semester.

    David – thanks for the info. Cole Leininger though is considered a TOP 10 kicker in this recruiting class. And he’s one several kicking camp field goal championships. You’re probably right and he does only punt. But maybe not. Either way good to get a top special teams guy.

  • Juancho

    Shoot, mean he’s “won”, not one.