CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Amid reports of suspended running back Marlin Lane being reinstated to the Tennessee football program, coach Butch Jones was asked Friday to officially update the junior’s status.
“He’s back working out with the team,” Jones said following a speaking engagement at Bradley Central High School. “He still has things he has to do, but he’s back.
Lane rushed for 679 yards and two touchdowns as sophomore, appearing in all 12 games and starting the final six. Upon that momentum, the Daytona Beach, Fla., native was pegged as UT’s likely starting tailback in 2013.
That was the consensus until Lane was suspended from all team activities following spring break. He missed UT’s final five spring practices, including the Orange and White Game.
Since the suspension, Jones has made it a point to quell any building speculation surrounding Lane’s future with the team. During the SEC spring teleconference, the coach said Lane faced “criteria” for returning and added that he was “absolutely on the path” to being welcomed back.
Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee basketball and football. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn