Coming into the 2013 football season, the Alabama football team was promoted by the media as being another powerhouse, both on offense and defense. So far however, the Tide has struggled to find their running game.
Alabama’s three running backs, TJ Yeldon, Jalston Fowler, and Kenyan Drake, are getting almost equal playing time. So far this season, sophomore Kenyan Drake has shown how quick he is on his feet and how fast he can be when he breaks free. Drake has something special about him; he’s a mixture of two past running backs from the Alabama Crimson Tide– Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson.
Drake is a train…and a quick one at that. With his combination of quickness, as well as his ability to bulldoze defenders out of his way, he is definitely a key player for the Tide.
Against Texas A&M, Drake had 7 carries for 50 yards and a touchdown. Against Ole Miss, Drake went 12/99 with a long run of 50, and another touchdown. Although Drake doesn’t get as many plays as Yeldon, he is there to make the big play when needed.
I think as the season progresses, Drake will become a more important asset for the Tide. Defenders have a hard time stopping him as well as keeping up with him. With Alabama’s lack of a consistent running game, Drake’s skills are becoming more and more efficient in every game.
In my opinion, I think Drake is a threat to every team the Tide plays, and he should get more playing time than he has been. He has great speed, field vision, and agility. I think that the next few games will prove just how much of a threat Drake truly is. If Alabama wants to pick back up on the running game as they have in the past, Drake is a big key to that success.
Who knows, maybe Kenyan Drake will become the next star running back at Alabama. After all, he’s only a sophomore, and he’s already showing characteristics of Ingram and Richardson, who both made names for themselves with Alabama and are still doing well in the NFL.