If you have any questions about the health of Alabama Crimson Tide senior running back Kenyan Drake, don’t ask them to Tide head coach Nick Saban. According to Matt Zenitz of AL.com, Saban is getting annoyed about questions regarding Drake’s status and even cut off a reporter who was about to ask him about it.
“Kenyan Drake is fine,” Saban said, while apparently throwing his hands in the air in frustration. “How many times do I have to say that? I’ve been asked about Kenyan Drake since the first day of spring practice. He was full speed all spring. He was full speed all summer, and he’s full speed now. And I think he’ll be full speed next week, God willing, and nothing happens to him.”
Though Saban is annoyed by the questions, it’s understandable why reporters are asking about Drake. The young man broke his leg in a gruesome manner in Alabama’s loss to Ole Miss last season, so badly to the point where it had people wondering if he would ever play again. At the time of his injury, Drake had rushed for 281 yards and five touchdowns while reeling in five catches for 159 yards.
But Drake told reporters at SEC Media Days that he was “100 percent” and ready to play. If that is the case, he and Derrick Henry should provide an excellent 1-2 punch for Alabama at running back and allow Drake to close out his collegiate career on a high note.
Alabama opens the season against Wisconsin on September 5, in a game to be played at Dallas’ AT&T Stadium.
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