Rayuan Lane: My Recent Inquiry

Recently I had the chance to get in contact with Gilman’s Rayuan Lane. This after posting a recent article of my evaluation of his film. During this opportunity I got the chance to gain some valuable information about Lane’s opinions on his game. Asking him a handful of questions ranging from strengths in his game […]

Recently I had the chance to get in contact with Gilman’s Rayuan Lane. This after posting a recent article of my evaluation of his film. During this opportunity I got the chance to gain some valuable information about Lane’s opinions on his game. Asking him a handful of questions ranging from strengths in his game to what goals he has set for himself this coming season. This article will look to present Rayuan Lane’s responses to my inquiries. Detailing the meaning behind his responses and how they represent his game and him as a player.

The first question I posed to Lane was about, what does he believe are the strengths of his game? Lane responded, “I’ve come to find I am most potent making tackles. Whether it be a receiver, QB, or running back you can always count on me to get the job done.” Lane continued, “Also in shedding blocks. As many times on film you see offensive lineman coming to block with me and I can shed them relatively easy.” These claims are certainly supported by his film as he displays consistency in performing these tasks well. Lane displays outstanding tackling skills, performing them with great physicality and technique. He rarely ever misses a tackle when he gets his hands on a ball carrier. Making him a player his coaches can rely on to bring an end to a play when he is around the ball. In terms of his block shedding this compliments his read and react skills I pointed out in my prior evaluation. As he is in many instances able to avoid or fight off would be blockers to pursue the ball in run defense. Because of his elusiveness and quickness around the line of scrimmage this makes him a very effective in the box safety.

The next question I asked Lane was about parts of his game he wanted to improve. Lane stated, “I would like to improve my endurance as many times I find myself tired during games. I also feel like I should improve my speed.” Lane further explained how he thinks maybe since he plays so hard when out on the field, he wears himself out in many instances. That is why he spoke on wanting to prepare during preseason and run extra after practices when the season starts to stay in the best shape he can. He also wants to improve his speed because he talked how that it is a skill one can always improve. While he recognizes he has impactful speed whether outrunning would be tacklers or chasing down ball carriers. He understands playing hard and fast will make him harder to play against.

The next question I asked Lane was, what task he considers most important at each of the positions he plays? Lane explained, “Overall the task that I think is most important is being a leader.” Lane really went on to detail the importance he feels of taking on a leadership role. Describing how he plays on a team with many underclassmen. With so much inexperience around him he talked how he works to be an example and player they can look up to. This meaning he truly takes pride in being an example for the younger players on his team. Which is a great trait to have as a football player who must lead from an upperclassmen position. He even spoke on if he continues to be a leader and example others can follow this will ultimately help build up the program overall.

I then inquired about the position he feels he plays the best at. Lane stated, “I’m an athlete, but if I had to choose, I would say safety. With my desire to hit people in combination with my speed and ball skills I think safety is the best fit for me.” Lane certainly shows comfort at the safety position on film. Showcasing his ability to use his speed and tackling abilities in space. This position is the one he made the most plays at on defense last season and should continue to be based on his success at it so far. How he spoke on this topic made me think he may likely focus more on defense than playing on offense which may be a good thing. While he can contribute on offense, he clearly shows to be more impactful on defense in many cases. Staying versatile as a defender still will be useful because the more positions, he can contribute at on defense the better he can make his unit. Though as a Safety, this position by his words and my film study shows to be the position he plays the best.

The final inquiry I had for Rayuan Lane was about any goals he had set for this coming season. Lane described, “This year I want to take my game to a whole new level. I just want to get better and have fun doing it. And I feel that I am better than what everyone thinks of me and I want to show that.” This response displays Lane’s commitment, wanting to improve as player each day. Wanting to outperform the preconceived judgements of him and be a true difference maker on the field. He even detailed how After sitting out the year prior it made him appreciate football more when he returned to playing it last season. Talking about how he is not as much worried about the offers and hype that come with succeeding at the game. Showcasing real intangibles in terms of understanding the need to work hard to reach his full potential now. Lane also talked on wanting to be a person and player everyone can look up to because of his work ethic and how he carries himself on and off the field.

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