Quentin Lane (8) has become a playmaker for the Ackerman Indians this season. (Photo by Richard Love, For Starkville Daily News)
ACKERMAN â€“ For all of the success he has received while wearing the Ackerman jersey, wide receiver Quentin Lane manages to stay humble and continues to work hard every day.
â€śEvery week I just go out there and play my role on the team,â€ť Lane said. â€śFor me, the biggest key is to remain humble, realize the gift God has given me and to keep working hard to make the most of that gift.â€ť
Laneâ€™s hard work is no secret to those around him, including his coach Adam Dillinger.
â€śHe gets out here every day and does whatever he needs to do to constantly improve,â€ť said Dillinger. â€śHe will take extra footballs before and after practice. He brings leadership to the team. That is all we ask of him or really any of our players, regardless of their position or level we want them to work hard and be leaders. Lane does that and his work ethic really sets a great example for the younger players.â€ť
Looking at the seniorâ€™s statistics, it is clear the extra work has paid off. Through the regular season, Lane picked up 23 receptions for a total of 588 yards and seven touchdowns.
â€śOn the field, heâ€™s a guy that can stretch the field,â€ť Dillinger said. â€śQuinton is athletic. Heâ€™s fast. He gives us big play capabilities and we have really been able to capitalize on that the past couple of weeks.â€ť
Lane said he visualizes himself making plays for the team and getting into the end zone before each game.
When asked where he learned his work ethic and what keeps him going through the hard times, Lane points to his coaches and teammates.
â€śCoach (Shaston) Coleman really pushed me a lot and so did coach Dillinger,â€ť said Lane. â€śThey keep me strong when things get tough. They are both constantly telling me to keep my head up and keep working hard, which has really helped me out a lot.
"Coach Dillinger especially means a lot to me. Throughout the years, we have gotten close. His belief in me and my ability pushes me to do my best no matter what.â€ť
Even with all of his on the field success, Lane is never satisfied and is constantly striving to get better. For now, he says he just wants to put all of the â€śtalk about his future and recruiting asideâ€ť so that he can simply â€śtake care of business on the field.â€ť
That is also the motto of Laneâ€™s teammates, who he says are â€śfirst and foremost taking each game one by one and then letting everything else fall where it may.â€ť
Even though his time with the Indians is growing short, Lane tries not to focus on that but rather on making the most of his time left representing his town and school.
â€śIt means a lot to wear Ackerman across my chest,â€ť Lane said. â€śThis is my school and my town. They have given me a lot. I just like going out there and playing for them on Friday nights.â€ť
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