Butch Jones: Marlin Lane working out with Vols

Jones says RB 'working out with the team'

Tennessee tailback Marlin Lane Jr. (15) runs the ball during the first half against Mississippi State at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Adam Brimer, Knoxville News Sentinel

Tennessee tailback Marlin Lane Jr. (15) runs the ball during the first half against Mississippi State at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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

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Comments » 13

mocsandvolsfan writes:

God bless you Mr. Lane and work hard.

PHAT_VOL writes:

One way to get out of spring practice.

Supersayin1 writes:

Good to know he worked hard to be back with the team. Now if only he can come out hungry and ready to be apart of that 123 punch which is Hill,Neal,and himself! GO VOLS!

rbwtn writes:

Now that's more like it. A common sense approach.

nocleats writes:

Work your butt off Marlin! You either get better or get worse every day, you dont stsy the same. Give your all!

GOJO writes:

in response to PHAT_VOL:

One way to get out of spring practice.

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At least he didn't get phat like some trolls.

tensie2004 writes:

Hang in there Marlin Lane. Keep working and all will come out for the better. You will be our man this fall and all of the Big Orange Nation is pulling for you.

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to GOJO:

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At least he didn't get phat like some trolls.

I could be wrong, but I believe the poster was just adding some levity to the situation.
Let's hope Marlin is fired up to play.

Go Vols

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to NashvillePreds:

I could be wrong, but I believe the poster was just adding some levity to the situation.
Let's hope Marlin is fired up to play.

Go Vols

I thought it was very funny. Troll or not. but so was the comment from gojo.hehe

Volunteer-Varmint writes:

Hope he is ready to flatten a LB or two

BluezVol writes:

Just run north/south. With a Oline like ours, there should be no excuses. Its your senior year, its now or never.

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to GOJO:

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At least he didn't get phat like some trolls.

Or a certain ex coach

RealisticVol writes:

I hope Mister Lane has gotten his head together and will not ruin his future like so many other talented athletes have.

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