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The Birmingham Bowl MVP transferring from Florida

GAINESVILLE -- Florida running back Adam Lane propelled the Gators to their final win last season, but the Birmingham Bowl MVP won’t suit up for UF again. 

Lane asked for and received a release from his scholarship just four days into training camp, the school announced Sunday. 

"Adam Lane has some family issues that he is dealing with and wants to be closer to home,'' coach Jim McElwain said in a statement. 

"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, a 5-7, 226-pound battering ram, rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown in Florida’s 28-20 win over East Carolina. 

Last season, the redshirt sophomore struggled to crack the tailback rotation under former coach Will Muschamp. Then this spring, Lane missed a majority of camp due to a quad injury, drawing the ire of McElwain. 

Still, Lane, who was likely third on Florida's depth chart, was optimistic he would be a factor in the fall. 

"I just want to go out there everyday and compete and get a spot,” Lane said at UF’s media days Wednesday. 

“That's the main goal. When you have everybody competing that's when you get great things. … I just want to take every opportunity like it's my last. I just want to go out there and perform to the best of my abilities."

With Lane’s departure, Florida will count on a pair of freshman tailbacks from South Florida. Former Army All-Americans Jordan Scarlett (St. Thomas Aquinas) and Jordan Cronkite (Westminster) should see ample carries relieving starter Kelvin Taylor this season. 

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