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.