By GRANT MEECH
KWCH 12 Eyewitness Sports
10:13 PM CDT, September 27, 2012
Every step, rep, hand off and whistle on a football field is a blessing for Terrell Lane.
"It doesn't matter what God gives you, He can't give you more than you can handle."
A stud running back out of Norton High School, Lane had Division 1 talent but he didn't have Division 1 grades, and didn't qualify after his senior year. Rion Rhoades and Hutch Community College football program opened their doors for him.
"We felt very fortunate to get him," said Rhoades, head coach of the #14 Blue Dragons."Definitely felt like he was one of the best players in the state, if not the best."
Lane moved from Texas in the sixth grade, but not by choice.
His father was sent to jail for distributing and his mother was battling bi-polar disorder, foster care looked like the route for Lane. Until officials found his grandmother and sent Lane to live with her up in Norton.
"I feel like everything happens for a reason," said Lane. "And that's why I am here today."
He flourished with the BlueJays program as a running back in the Mid-Continent League against the likes of Smith Center and Phillipsburg but before his junior year, another obstacle jumped up for Lane.
"I blew out my knee and had a bad attitude, and I didn't want to listen to anybody."
His grandmother decided it would be best if he moved in with Norton head coach Lucas Melvin, to help Lane take care of his knee and but more importantly his attitude.
"I didn't have my dad in my life, I didn't have that love that," Lane said. "I didn't have that structure that I needed. I didn't have my mom when I needed her.
"So I moved in with (Melvin) my whole junior year, got rehab back in two months, came out for the my senior year."
His grandmother and mom are back in his life - they come to all of his Blue Dragon football games. In his second year with Hutch, Lane was emerged as their go-to back. He leads the NJCAA in rushing yards per game with 167 and is in second place in total yards through four games played. Three weeks ago against Garden City, Lane set a school record with 308 yards on the ground.
"I feel like our offensive line is the best offensive line in the country. In the games, I'm rushing for hundreds of yards but I feel like that's the credit the offensive line needs to get because they are the ones putting in the work."
K-State, West Virginia, any school in the Big 12 and Boise State among others all want Lane at the end of this season, but where ever he goes from Hutch, the journey doesn't end for him.
"Never take nothing for granted. I'm sick and out puking on the field but I'm still out here to work. So I'm going to come out and seize my day here.
"I pinch myself to say that I'm making it, but I don't see myself as that high of a man yet. I'm still learning as I go, every man learns every day but I'm still young, I'm 20. I'm just trying to be the best person I can be."
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