Tennessee Volunteers running back Marlin Lane has been absent throughout the spring, and we now have a clearer understanding of why.
Initially it was reported that Lane was “dealing with a family illness” when he missed practice last week, but when he wasn’t present again on Thursday reporters began to ask about his status with the team. Assistants were directing the reporters to head coach Butch Jones, who ultimately said Lane was out for disciplinary reasons.
Jones did not give a timetable for Lane’s return, so there is some doubt that he will ever put on a Vols uniform again.
Last season, Lane had 658 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught 29 passes for 228 yards. Lane was expected to compete for the starting running back position in 2013 with Rajion Neal, but that could be in jeopardy now that his junior year is off to a rough start.
If Lane is gone for a long period of time and misses any games, redshirt freshman Alden Hill will take over back up duties.