Adam Lane leaving the Florida Gators

Florida Gators redshirt sophomore running back Adam Lane has asked for and been granted a release from his scholarship by Coach Jim McElwain and the University of Florida.

Lane had just eight carries for 72 yards before a breakout performance in the Birmingham Bowl where his 16 carries for 109 yards and a score earned him MVP honors of the game.

“Adam Lane has some family issues that he is dealing with ad wants to be closer to home,” McElwain said in a released statement. “As you’ve heard me say many times, family comes first in this program and we will grant him his release and we will do everything we can do to help him.”

The departure of Lane leaves the Gators with four scholarship running backs on the roster in Mark Herndon, Kelvin Taylor and a pair of freshmen, Jordan Scarlett and Jordan Cronkrite.

Early on in spring camp both freshmen have been impressive, particularly Scarlett, who in the minds of many had already surpassed Lane on the depth chart, will step into the backup role unopposed. This development may impact Cronkrite the most. With Lane on the roster, Florida had enough backs to potentially redshirt Cronkrite and give themselves some separation on the roster between the two freshmen. Cronkrite is a talented back and his timetable to play may have just been accelerated.

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Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC


  1. Man…hate to see that happen. What a bummer. I hope all will be okay with whatever he’s dealing with. I was really hoping for him to break out this year! I hope he realizes his potential and things work out. Hopefully, not at a rival. Go Gators.