August 20th, 2013 01:45 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Tennessee
Tags: Marlin Lane, Rajion Neal, SEC, UT
Tennessee 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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