GAINESVILLE -- Adam Lane was mainly a scout team reserve his first two seasons at Florida.
But in the Gators’ Jan. 3 Birmingham Bowl victory, the redshirt freshman tailback finally left a mark.
Lane earned MVP honors after rushing for 109 yards and a touchdown against East Carolina, but he also soiled his pants on national television and became the butt of jokes across the Internet.
Lane says it was the greatest thing that ever happened to him.
“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, truly embracing an embarrassing moment for most.
“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."
Lane wasn’t sure how or exactly when the ‘accident’ occurred, but following his two-yard score he hustled to the locker room and changed pants.
“That's actually the first time something like that has ever happened,” he said.
"Even running off the field after it happened, I waved at the crowd after I ran off to go change. And I waved when I came back. … I really don't think it dawned on them until after it happened, after I got back in the game."
The 5-foot-7, 215-pound battering ram is happy for the notoriety (even considering the circumstances) and now he’s competing for a legitimate role new coach Jim McElwain’s offense.
Lane, who missed Wednesday’s practice with a minor leg injury, is battling junior Kelvin Taylor for carries. He believes his breakout bowl performance is simply the first of many showcases.
“I’m just glad the new coaches are giving me an opportunity and I’m ready to start the season off right,” he said.
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