It’s not often that the departure of one player can affect depth on both sides of the ball, but here’s your daily reminder that this is still 2017. Ermon Lane took to social media recently to confirm that his time with Florida State has ceased; we’d heard whispers about this of late and believe it to be an academic issue.
A senior, Lane began as a receiver with the Seminoles, switched to safety last year, and then returned to the offensive side of the ball this season when FSU’s depth there became quite scarce.
Lane’s departure raises some interesting questions for the ’Noles as they prepare for the Independence Bowl. Lane is listed as Derwin James’ backup at the free safety spot, and we know now that neither will take the field against Southern Miss. But really, the former hadn’t been an actual part of the defensive rotation since the Miami game.
The absence of Lane will be felt on offense, though, as he’d actually begun establishing himself as a big-play guy for the Seminoles. His eight catches over the last half of the season went for 169 yards, a 21.13 YPC average.