22 Days to Toledo: Adam Lane

Over the next 22 days, GatorCountry will preview the players that make up the 2013 Florida Gators football team as we inch closer and closer to the season.

Each day we will count down using the player whose jersey number corresponds with how many days there are left until Florida kicks off against Toledo in the Swamp on August 31.

The second player on our countdown today is freshman running back Adam Lane.

History

Adam Lane got things kicked off for the 2013 recruiting class when he became the first recruit to give Will Muschamp and his staff a verbal commitment. Lane chose Florida over Ohio State, Purdue, Florida State, Georgia, USF, South Carolina and Rutgers.

Lane broke his leg and missed his entire junior year. Florida never stopped recruiting him and he said that since Florida was loyal to him, he wanted to be loyal to them and never wavered in his commitment.

Player Evaluation

Strengths

You can call him short, but you can’t call him small. At 5’8” Lane is a little on the short side, but at a listed 222-pounds, he is anything but small. He has a frame that is very comparable to Ray Rice or Maurice Jones-Drew.

Lane is quicker than he is fast and moves well in tight spaces. He does a good job of avoiding tacklers and rarely does a defender square up on him and deliver a big shot. His size makes him very difficult to spot behind the line of scrimmage and also makes him a player that is almost impossible to arm tackle.

Weaknesses

Lane needs to work on his ability as a pass blocker. He will be asked to identify the Mike, as well as know all the protections on offense before he can climb up the depth chart and earn playing time.

Lane doesn’t have great top-end speed and he won’t run away from many defenders in the SEC. Like we said before, he is more quick than he is fast, so while he can make a move to get away from a tackler, he won’t be able to outrun them for long.

What to Expect

Lane is a very solid and reliable running back. His size and durability show that he should be able to take the pounding that the SEC can deliver on a running back and provide a nice change of pace compared to the other players that Florida has on the roster at his position.

The word out of fall camp has been very positive regarding Lane, although he is still swimming some with concepts and blocking schemes like all freshmen. I still think that Lane is a redshirt candidate this season. He should dress and travel to every game and be available in an emergency situation, but with Matt Jones as the starter and Mack Brown, Mark Herndon and Kelvin Taylor also vying for reps, a redshirt might be in Lane’s best interest this season.

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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