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Sleeker J-Train hungry for carries in Aggies' running rotation

10/3/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

After struggling with injuries and trying to keep his weight in check, many wondered if massive Texas A&M running back Jorvorskie Lane would ever get back in the good graces of new coach Mike Sherman.

After the Aggies' 21-17 triumph over Army last week, it appears that Lane is back. After shedding more than 20 pounds from his preseason weight of 307, Lane salted the Aggies' victory away with six carries to finish the game.

Lane talked about his return with Dallas Morning News reporter Kate Hairopoulos and how excited he is to be back running the football. Lane needs only one more touchdown to tie the school record of 45 touchdowns set by Rodney Thomas and Darren Lewis.

"It felt good," Lane said. "That's what I'm going to do when I'm called upon to carry the ball. I'm going to put my team on my back and win."

Those words can't be good news to Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, who is well aware of what Lane has been able to do in recent seasons against the Cowboys.

Lane has feasted -- pardon the bad pun -- on the Cowboys over the years, scoring eight touchdowns in his previous three games against them.

As a freshman in 2005, he rushed for a career-best 139 yards and three touchdowns to spark the Aggies' 62-23 thumping of the Cowboys.

He made another huge play against the Cowboys State the following season, in addition to scoring two short TD plunges. With the Aggies trailing by seven points and facing a critical fourth-and-13 play with 1:33 remaining, Lane made a circus one-handed catch on a pass from Stephen McGee to keep the game-tying drive alive. The Aggies escaped with a 34-33 victory, winning the game in overtime on a missed extra point.

Lane saved his best for last season, scoring all three touchdowns that sparked A&M's 24-23 comeback victory.

The massive tailback ran for a pair of touchdowns and also added a 10-yard TD grab from McGee that ended up being the winning touchdown. He had earlier completed a 49-yard option pass to Kerry Franks that went to the OSU 1, setting up his own TD plunge on the next play.

"I thought (Lane) would have a Ph.D by now. He's been there forever," Gundy told the Tulsa World. "He's obviously a guy that can make some plays."

And has always left his mark on the Cowboys over the years.