By Russ Owens
(WAOW)- Iola-Scandinavia grad Austen Lane's dream came true on Saturday as his name was called in the NFL Draft. Lane was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round on Saturday, as the Murray State defensive end will head south to be a part of the AFC South.
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It's been a lifelong dream and a moment he's looked forward to since the end of the college football season in November and Saturday, the wait finally ended for Austen Lane.
The Iola native and Murray State defensive end was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round and he says he's happy this day has finally arrived.
"You know, it was a long day coming," Lane said. "I sat on the couch a little longer than I expected, but at the end of the day I'm living my dream, so I can't complain."
By going in the fifth round, Lane became the highest drafted player in Murray State history. He joins a Jaguar team that finished 19th in rush defense a year ago and expects to come in and make an impact right away.
"They traded one of their defensive ends to get my pick, so I think they have some faith that I can come in and at least help on the defensive line," Lane said. "I just want to contribute to the team and I want to come across saying they picked me for a reason."
Lane will report to rookie orientation next week in Jacksonville and both he and his family are excited for a little change of scenery.
"Yeah, I might have to cut my hair for that, depending on how Jacksonville gets. It's probably going to be pretty warm with this thing," Lane said. "I'm all about trying new things, m oving to new places. I moved to Kentucky and tried something new there and I'm really blessed where I'm at. I'm looking forward to living in Florida and seeing what that's like."
"I think Jacksonville will be lovely," said Lane's mother, Julie Maher. "I think we'll be heading south actually for a game, so we're looking forward to it. I expect that he will work hard. He will definitely take their direction and do whatever they ask him to do. I know he'll be great for them."
Online Reporter- Russ Owens