April 21, 2012

Lane shines in spring finale

For much--if not most--of the Vols' roster, today's Orange & White game was a chance to close out spring practice with a little fun and frivolity. Playing well is important, but comes in a distant second to getting out of the game healthy. One player who appeared to bring a different level of intensity to today's proceedings though was tailback Marlin Lane.

Mired in a battle for the starting tailback job that looks like it will carry over into August, Lane made a case on Saturday that he's entering the offseason as the man to beat for the job.

Playing with the White and a presumably less accomplished offensive line, Lane was the offensive star of the afternoon. He finished the day with a team high 106 yards on just nine carries, scored a pair of touchdowns and had the highlight of the day when he popped off a 39-yard scoring run off a draw play on the final play of the first half.

Lane powered through a couple of arm tackles and showed some superb vision on the run to end the half, putting an exclamation point on what has been a strong final two weeks of practice.

Derek Dooley made it a point to quickly squash any rumblings that Lane may have won the job with his effort on Saturday, but he certainly didn't hurt himself, that much was clear.

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