Alabama has its turn in front of reporters at Southeastern Conference Media Days a week from today, Wednesday, July 15. The four-day event (Monday-Thursday) includes each of the 14 SEC teams being represented by the head coach and three players.
It was easy to predict that Alabama Coach Nick Saban would be accompanied by Crimson Tide players Ryan Kelly, senior center and Rimington Award candidate, and pre-season All-America senior linebacker Reggie Ragland, on the watch list for the Bednarik Award as the nation’s best defensive player.
Who would be the Crimson Tide’s third player representative?
The answer: Kenyan Drake, senior running back. Drake was an interesting part of the Alabama offense last year – a threat as both a runner 22 carries for 122 yards and four touchdowns – and as a receiver – 5 catches for 199 yards and two touchdowns – before suffering a season-ending broken leg in the Tide’s fifth game of the year against Ole Miss.
Although Drake is not projected as Alabama’s starting tailback this year, he is expected to be used in tandem with junior Derrick Henry – one of several Tide stars who had been projected as the possible third player representative as SEC Media Days.
Here are those who will represent other schools at SEC Media Days:
Arkansas – Running back Jonathan Williams, quarterback Brandon Allen, wide receiver Keon Hatcher.
Auburn – Quarterback Jeremy Johnson, defensive back Jonathan Jones, linebacker Kris Frost.
Florida – Defensive end Jonathan Bullard, wide receiver Brandon Powell, defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III.
Georgia – Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, offensive tackle John Theus, outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins.
Kentucky – Nose tackle Melvin Lewis, offensive tackle Jordan Swindle, safety A.J. Stamps.
LSU – Running back Leonard Fournette, offensive tackle Vadal Alexander, linebacker Kendell Beckwith.
Ole Miss – Tight end Evan Engram, defensive back Mike Hilton, linebacker C.J. Johnson. (Notice no Laremy Tunsil.)
Mississippi State – Quarterback Dak Prescott, defensive back Taveze Calhoun, defensive end Ryan Brown.
Missouri – Defensive back Kenya Dennis, quarterback Maty Mauk, center Evan Boehm.
South Carolina – Placekicker Elliott Fry, wide receiver Pharoh Cooper, linebacker Skai Moore.
Tennessee – Quarterback Joshua Dobbs, linebacker/defensive lineman Curt Maggitt, defensive back Cameron Sutton.
Texas A&M – Center Mike Matthews, offensive tackle Germain Ifedi, defensive lineman Julien Obioha.
Vanderbilt – Running back Ralph Webb, linebacker Nigel Bowden, center Spencer Pulley.
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