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Mississippi State's Langston reinstated

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Help could be on the way for Mississippi State's secondary, although there's sure to be some rust for Maurice Langston.

He's been reinstated to the team, though remaining on probation, and is eligible to play immediately. Langston, a junior college transfer, was arrested in February on a drug charge, but entered into a deferred plea agreement this week to settle that arrest.

The original charge was possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, but the "intent to distribute" part was dropped from Langston's plea.

The Bulldogs had hoped Langston could come in and compete for a starting defensive back spot when they signed him. He's remained in school, but hasn't been allowed to practice with the team.

Here's Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen's statement on the matter:

“Now that the legal process has culminated and I have spoken to Maurice, he is being allowed to participate with the football team and will remain on team probation. Since the incident more than six months ago, Maurice has done everything that our football team and athletic department have asked of him even while he has not been allowed to participate in any team functions, practices or workouts. He has remained enrolled in school in the spring, summer and now fall. 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.”