Lane runs wild in Winter Haven jamboree


Welcome back, Adam Lane.

Playing in his first game since suffering a season-ending ankle injury in August of last year, Lane’s return Thursday night couldn’t have been scripted better.

The Florida running back commit rushed for a total of 213 yards and five touchdowns on 15 carries in Winter Haven’s spring jamboree, which consisted of two quarters against Tenoroc and then two quarters against Frostproff.

Lane has rushed for 5 TDs in Winter Haven's last two spring games. (Photo by 247Sports)

His play of the night came in the second matchup. On the first snap from scrimmage, Lane bounced off the right tackle and blazed by two defenders for a 60-yard score. You can watch his full game highlights HERE.

The last time Lane played was in the Blue Devils’ 2011 spring game, where he had 305 rushing yards and five touchdowns against Belen Jesuit.

Winter Haven coach Charlie Tate was happy to see his star player have another sensational spring showing.

“He’s a tremendous player,” Tate said. “It was great to watch him back out there. He was definitely a show-stopper. He was healthy and had a really good time. He said, ‘I knew how much I missed it coach, but I forgot how much fun it is to actually be out here and play in a game.’ ”

Tate said he and his coaches had concerns going into the game, but they quickly left once Lane went 38 yards for a touchdown on his third carry.

“I wasn’t exactly sure what we were going to get Thursday night,” Tate said. “All of us were kind of nervous and holding our breath. He had a tough injury a year ago. But he showed no worries and made three very special runs that just showed who he is. It was a pleasant surprise because it’s the guy we knew we had.”

Lane was out for eight months. (Photo by 247Sports)

Tate praised the work ethic Lane displayed during his recovery from a broken fibula and dislocated ankle in his right leg.

“When he got injured, he was the best thing I’d ever been around,” Tate said. “He had a great offseason last summer and he was ready to have an outstanding year. Then he got hurt and it was hard on him. But he went through rehab and stayed the course.

“When spring started, with each scrimmage he got a little bit more fearless and more like himself. So he deserves all the credit he gets. He’s just a great worker and pushed himself through his doubts to get back.”

UF running backs coach Brian White was on hand for Lane’s performance. Tate said the Gators are getting a special running back who will strive in the competitive environment at Florida.

“The thing that’s neat about going to a big school like Florida is the challenge to make himself better,” Tate said. “I think he excels in that arena. This spring was a testament to that. He’s not a finished product yet, but he’s close.

“He’s a strong kid and works extremely hard in the weight room. But he’s also very fast, and that’s what makes him special. He’s a load to tackle and if he gets that little bit of space he needs, he’s got a chance to be in the end zone.”


  1. Damn, he looks GOOD…fast AND big! Can you imagine a double-punch of him AND Taylor?!! With the receivers and linemen we’ve got either here or on-the-way, this will be a dominant Gator-offense by 2014–to go with the dominant Gator-“D” we’ll have BEFORE then. We will likely be the kind of team that simply exerts its will over its opponents–and I don’t think the SEC or anyone else outside of Gator Nation knows its coming.
    That’s just the way we like it.

  2. He reminds me of Eric Rhett! Low to the ground and fast! It would be difficult to get underneath him. I held me breath when I saw the hits on his ankles, but, he didn’t flinch! He’s going to have a monstrous year and will be a Gator Great, before it’s said and done! We will be wearing some LB’s out, with the big trains we got coming and the ones we have now! POW YOW!

  3. I am very happy that we are getting lane and taylor. they will definitely be a great rb duo. I am curious though what has happened with all the hype of derrick henry being a gator lean. I remember reading articles last year how he was at a lot of our practices. Did we just stop recruiting him after we got lane and taylor or did he lose interest in us. Not a big deal just was curious if anyone could shed some light on it.