New Tennessee coach Butch Jones said earlier this month that running back Marlin Lane was out indefinitely for what was tabbed as disciplinary reasons. The news came a week or so after Lane began missing practice for a family illness.
Speaking on the SEC coaches’ teleconference Tuesday, Jones said Lane was “absolutely on the path” to meeting the criteria to return to the team.
“We’re just taking it one day at a time with Marlin,” Jones said. “He knows what he has to do to be reinstated at this time.”
As a sophomore in 2012, Lane was the team’s second-leading rusher with 658 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Heading into the 2013 season, Lane, along with senior-to-be Rajion Neal, was expected to compete for the starting job at running back.