Countdown 2007: Websider Impact Players - #3

Aggie Websider continues its look at 25 players who can make the biggest impact for the Aggies this year. These rankings are not necessarily based on talent, but rather, what contributions can be made by individuals to put Texas A&M back among the nation's elite programs. The J-Train, Jorvorskie Lane, is taking off at No. 3.

With the veteran offensive line in front of him this year, everyone in the stadium knows who will get the ball when one or two yards are needed—Texas A&M running back Jorvorskie Lane. That's why Lane is No. 3 on the list of 2007 Aggie Websider Impact Players.

In just two years at A&M, Lane has become a fan-favorite thanks to his punishing style of attack. He's run over countless defensive backs who have tried to go after any part of his body but his ankles. Texas A&M defensive tackle Red Bryany, who is much larger than a defensive back, compared tackling Jorvorskie Lane to getting hit by a sledge hammer. It hurts.

What he's done so far

As a freshman in 2005, Lane rushed for 595 yards and nine touchdowns on 119 carries in ten games. His 595 yards were only topped by seven other freshmen in school history, and only three freshmen ever ran for more than nine touchdowns.

He started four games for the Aggies and rushed for at least 100 yards in two of those games, including a season-high 139 yards on 22 carries against Oklahoma State.

Lane even registered a 35-yard touchdown pass against Texas.

In 2006, he finished with a single-season school record 19 rushing touchdowns and led the Big 12 with 114 points (No. 6 nationally), scoring a touchdown in every regular season game last year except in the 12-7 win over Texas. He scored at least two touchdowns in five games last season, including a career-high four touchdowns against Louisiana-Lafayette.

He finished the year as a first-team All-Big 12 running back, with 725 yards on 166 carries (4.4 ypc) and is already on the top-10 list for career rushing touchdowns after just two seasons and is only 16 touchdowns away from Darren Lewis' school record of 44.

Why he's important

When you need tough yards, he's your man, and with five road games in hostile territory this year, there are going to be plenty of key situations when the Aggies need tough yardage.

In 2006, Lane emerged as one of the best short-yardage backs in the country, producing a touchdown or first down on 26-of-29 attempts on third and fourth down carries. He'll need to reproduce those type of numbers if the Aggies are going to have a real shot at the Big 12 South title in 2007.


2007 Aggie Websider Impact Players
4. Joseph "Red" Bryant, DT
5. Martellus Bennett, TE
6. Chris Harrington, DE
7. Danny Gorrer, CB
8. Jordan Pugh, X/LB
9. Mark Dodge, LB
10. Chris Alexander, FB
11. Jordan Peterson, DB
12. Devin Gregg, S
13. Alton Dixon, S
14. Misi Tupe, LB
15. Cyril Obiozor, DL
16. Cody Wallace, C
17. Matt Szymanski, PK
18. Earvin Taylor, WR
19. Kirk Elder, OL
20. Corey Clark, OL
21. Pierre Brown, WR
22. Chris Yoder, OL
23. Yemi Babalola, OL
24. Kerry Franks, WR/KR
25. Justin Brantly, P





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