Florida grants RB Adam Lane Jr. transfer release: Gators rushing depth gets even thinner

By Adam Silverstein
August 9, 2015

Florida Gators redshirt sophomore running back Adam Lane Jr., the most valuable player in the 2015 Birmingham Bowl, has been granted a release by the program to transfer to another school due to a family issue.

“Adam Lane has some family issues that he is dealing with and wants to be closer to home,” head coach Jim McElwain said in a statement released by the school. “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.”

Lane had a career day in Florida’s final game of the 2014 campaign, taking 16 carries for 109 yards and his first career touchdown against East Carolina.

He had been waiting to play in the Gators’ offensive backfield for quite some time, taking a redshirt in 2013 and only seeing action on special teams until the eighth game of 2014. He got a total of eight carries as a reserve rusher in the regular season but made the most of his opportunity in the Birmingham Bowl. “It just built a bigger fire inside me and made me want to work harder. I took the opportunities that I did get and made the most of them,” he said.

Lane (5-foot-7, 226 pounds) has long been a Florida fan favorite due to his size and bowling-ball style; he was compared positively to Maurice Jones-Drew, though their running style was far from identical.

Speaking with the media this spring, Lane felt like he had finally made an impact on the Gators and found a spot where he could be effective with the team.

“At times you can get frustrated, but I knew that I could be patient and just play my role on the team and my opportunity would come eventually, and it did,” he said.

Lane even shrugged off jokes made at his expense after a brown streak was shown on the back of his white uniform pants during the game; he seemingly had an unfortunate accident he had while on the field. A Florida trainer quickly wrapped a towel around Lane, who went back to the locker room, changed his pants and reemerged to return to action.

“It was the best thing that could have happened. It got a lot of attention and just put me in a place where I was out there publicly and people knew who I was,” said Lane this spring. “I really didn’t get a lot of grief from it. A lot of people were really more focused on how well I did in the game than anything. I feel like it was that way because I embraced it.”

An undisclosed leg injury kept Lane out of some spring practices. He would have entered the season behind junior Kelvin Taylor while competing with freshmen Jordan Scarlett and Jordan Cronkrite, both of whom are in line for potential playing time this season.

The Gators will now need Scarlett and Cronkrite to develop quickly. Florida wants to play three running backs in every game in 2015, and with Lane now off the team, the already-thin position has removed one of its layers.

The Gators may look to have sophomore Brandon Powell, a favorite of McElwain who was moved to wide receiver this spring, take more snaps at running back. Another option is senior walk-on Mark Herndon, who impressed the previous coaching staff but still saw limited action early in 2014.

As Lane is from Winter Haven, Florida, a transfer to Central Florida would make the most sense.

Updated on Monday at 2:30 p.m.: Lane is transferring to Eastern Kentucky, which is not at all closer to his home, according to the Lakeland Ledger.


  1. G2 says:

    Bummer, really looking forward to watching this guy play.

  2. 1974Gator says:

    I hate to think the competition scared him away. If he doesn’t transfer somewhere closer than G’ville we will know.

  3. Michael Jones says:

    Big loss. Hope all goes well with his family.

  4. SoberJohn says:

    It’s pretty apparent that lane was drove off. McElwain threw him under the bus in public in the Spring, and he probably reinforced the notion that Lane had no future at Florida very quickly during this camp. I don’t know what the future holds, but there are some troubling signs that McElwain may be in over his head. He takes a guy, Brandon Powell, to SEC media days when he’s not a leader or done anything on the field for the Gators. Totaling a little over 200 yards rushing and receiving for a year is nothing to get excited about. Yet, it seems he has become the “teacher’s pet.’ How does that resonate with gator players who have been there longer and done more? Then he says he’s going to have Hargreaves return kicks to help him “improve his brand.” I have no problem with him returning kicks, but when doe a coach worry about improving an individual player’s “brand?” That doesn’t sound like anything to do with a novel concept called “team.”
    maybe I’m too critical, but starting off like this is perplexing and I wonder if Foley has chose another yahoo. It won’t be long until we find out that I’m paying attention to nothing, or these small things are a sign of what’s to come. Driving off someone is something that usually happens under a new regime, but McElwain seems to playing favorites with his “teacher pet,” Powell and his worry about the ‘brand” of another, Hargreaves.

    • Ryan D. says:

      Your comment is your opinion but if the guy says it’s family issues why are you blaming the coach? Sounds like you’re not giving him a clean slate. Give it time, no one is perfect. “EVERYONE, CALM THE HELL DOWN!”

    • 1974Gator says:

      Haven’t visited this article since the 9th. Just read SoberJohn’s post. Don’t agree with any of it.
      Now that we know Adam just wanted out, it seems he fooled McElwain. If he was being “drove off” Mac would not have said it was for Lane’s home related, personal reasons. He would have said that it was a mutually agreed upon decision.
      Didn’t like seeing him go but maybe E. Kentucky is a place he can thrive.

  5. scott says:

    The only reason Herndon saw limited action was because he tore his ACL. Kinda put a damper on his season, but he was a fast and strong Rb. To bad about Lane, hopefully all gets straightened out at home.

  6. Luke says:

    He must have family in Kentucky…