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Tennessee RB Lane: “I Live My Life Like It’s Fourth-And-Inches

gfx - they said itTennessee running back Marlin Lane is back on the Volunteer football squad after a suspension for violating team rules.  The Vols’ #2 rusher a year ago, Lane is trying to make up for lost time in fall camp:

 

“I live my life like it’s fourth-and-inches every day.  It can be taken from me at any second.  I just go out there and give it my all…

(The suspension) was very difficult.  The whole team became a family.  Being separate from them is being without my family.  I just learned to appreciate what I’ve got…

(The coaches) just told me, ‘What you give is what you get, hold your head up high matter what goes on.’”

 

Tennessee finished eighth in the SEC in rushing last season.  With a first-year starter (who hasn’t yet been named) at quarterback and with one of the SEC’s best offensive lines, UT will need for Lane and fellow back Rajion Neal to improve on last year’s numbers.

The Volunteers’ 4.66 yards-per-carry average a year ago suggests that they can.  But Tennessee was a pass-first team last season.  Some of the success they did have on the ground can be attributed to change o’ pace calls that caught the defense off guard.  If they can average 4.66 yards per carry or better this season — with defenses likely daring the Vols to throw — Lane, Neal and the O-line will have done some very good work.

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Wow Headlines 6/8/2013

Mississippi State hit with two years probation by NCAA…
MSU will also lose two scholarships for upcoming school year as a self-imposed penalty
Former Auburn point guard Varez Ward pleads not guilty in alleged point-shaving scandal…faces trial in July
Alabama basketball player Devonta Pollard formally arraigned, facing charges in connection with kidnapping six-year old girl
Alabama and Georgia favored in all 12 regular season games, according to Las Vegas oddsmaker
Tennessee coach Butch Jones says running back Marlin Lane is “back with the team”
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SEC Players On The Move 4/24/2013

Moving-Van1. Tennessee running back Marlin Lane is still suspended but on the path to returning, according to coach Butch Jones. “He knows what he has to do to be reinstated at this time.”

2. Missouri quarterback James Franklin is No. 1 on the depth chart according to coach Gary Pinkel.  He’s followed by redshirt freshman Maty Mauk and redshirt sophomore Corbin Berkstresser.

3. Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace, recovering from shoulder surgery, is ahead of schedule.  Wallace will begin throwing in 10 days.“We’re real excited to get him out there and do it,” said Ole Miss coach  Hugh Freeze on today’s SEC teleconference.

4. Alabama will investigate a tweet sent from the account of former lineman D.J. Fluker.  Fluker’s agent says the account had been hacked when a tweet appeared with the words, “Yea I took $ n college so wat.”   Said Alabama coach Nick Saban, ““We’re trying to do things the right way.”

5. Multiple stories today out on the Internet about Steve Spurrier saying he voted for Jadeveon Clowney on his Heisman ballot last year. Spurrier admitted this months ago – here’s a story from December where it’s mentioned.

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Wow Sunday Headlines 4/14/2013

SEC and ESPN will announce plans for new SEC television network on Tuesday…
New channel expected to launch in August of 2014
Security detail to monitor Auburn players curfew cost the University approximately $75,000 last fall
Ole Miss basketball coach Andy Kennedy getting a raise and contract extension…will be seventh-highest paid coach in SEC
Tennessee running back Marlin Lane away from team for unspecified “disciplinary reasons”
Record crowd of more than 50,000 attend Kentucky’s spring game
Spring game record crowd of more than 45,000 at Texas A&M spring game
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Wow Headlines 4/13/2013

SEC and ESPN will announce plans for new SEC television network on Tuesday…
New channel expected to launch in August of 2014
Security detail to monitor Auburn players curfew cost the University approximately $75,000 last fall
Ole Miss basketball coach Andy Kennedy getting a raise and contract extension…will be seventh-highest paid coach in SEC
Status of Tennessee running back Marlin Lane unclear…missed practice time dealing with family illness
LSU officials dispute story that former cornerback Tyrann Mathieu failed at least 10 drug tests before being suspended
Kentucky expects record crowd for spring game this weekend
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Wow Weekend Headlines 4/13/2013

SEC and ESPN will announce plans for new SEC television network on Tuesday…
New channel expected to launch in August of 2014
Status of Tennessee running back Marlin Lane unclear…missed practice time dealing with family illness
LSU officials dispute story that former cornerback Tyrann Mathieu failed at least 10 drug tests before being suspended
Kentucky expects record crowd for spring game this weekend
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UT’s Lathers Probable, Neal Now Just A Co-Starter, And Dooley Teaches MrSEC.com A New Word

Love him or hate him, it must be said that Derek Dooley gives good press conferences.

From his “Germans at Normandy” speech to his “watering bamboo” analogy, Tennessee’s coach always manages to come up with something entertaining or unique.

Today, he revealed a couple of actual news items before using a word that yours truly had never heard before.

First, Vol linebacker Herman Lathers — who left Friday’s win over NC State with a shoulder injury and had an MRI over the weekend — is considered “probable” for UT’s game with Georgia State this weekend.  Dooley said, however, that he would only play if he’s healthy enough to practice this week.

Second, Rajion Neal is no longer the stand-alone starter at running back for the Volunteers.  A three-headed monster now sits atop the list with Neal, Marlin Lane and Devrin Young all listed as co-starters.

Ah, but while speaking of Lane, Dooley said: “Marlin struggled a bit (in fall camp) and it could have been easy for Marlin to get the mulligrubs.  That’s how it is in sports.  You just keep sawing wood.”

Okay, I’ve heard the sawing wood cliche numerous times, but mulligrubs?  I can honestly say in 41 years I’d never heard of the mulligrubs.  So I looked it up.  According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, mulligrubs can mean either a) a despondent, sullen, or ill-tempered mood or b) a griping of the intestines.

Here’s guessing Dooley was going with meaning a.

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Lineman Williams Visits Florida

Florida received a visit last weekend from defensive lineman Leonard Williams from Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Williams, who’s considered the nation’s eighth-best defensive tackle by ESPN.com, attended Florida’s 33-23 win over Tennessee. The Vols are also recruiting Williams.

Leonard was able to watch his former teammate, UT freshman running back Marlin Lane.

Leonard had a great time at Florida,” Mainland assistant coach Keynodo Hudson said. “He just went for the game but he loved being in the stadium and hearing the crowd. He also enjoyed seeing Marlin score a touchdown for Tennessee. That’s one of his best friends.”

Williams has plenty to consider before he makes his decision at the Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando.

Hudson said Williams plans to schedule his official visits for the fall. Auburn and Southern Cal will “definitely” receive official visits, Hudson told ESPN.

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Running Back Milton Chooses Mississippi State

Running back Derrick Milton from Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., has committed to Mississippi State.

Milton made the commitment following a visit to Starkville this past weekend.

“I just started thinking about how good of a time I had and what am I waiting on, why not get it over with, so I did what I had to do,” Milton told Rivals.com. “The visit was big, it actually left a lasting impression on me and is the best place for me.”

Milton had planned to take an official visit to Tennessee this upcoming weekend. That pan likely changed when the Vols received a commitment from running back Marlin Lane during the weekend.

Milton is Mississippi State’s 25th commitment for the class of 2011.

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Marlin Lane Either Is Or Isn’t Committed To Tennessee

Running back Marlin Lane might be committed to Tennessee, but it’s difficult to know.

The news of Lane’s commitment was first reported by Jamie Newberg of ESPN.com.

Lane, however, told me via text message that he has not committed to UT. Lane also said the same to Paul Fortenberry of Volquest.com.

Yet Lane told Austin Price of Volquest.com (yes, the same site) that he has indeed committed to UT. How close in time was Lane’s information given to me and Austin Price? See this photo from our reporting on Twitter.

My prediction: Lane will sign with Tennessee.

He has also considered Auburn, Miami and Florida State. He was committed
to Clemson until the Tigers pulled his scholarship offer last month.

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