Up until the fourth quarter of the College Football Playoff national championship game, it would have been a reasonable expectation that Kenyan Drake’s Alabama career would be remembered for the bad things that had happened to him. All that changed with a 95-yard return for a touchdown that was instrumental in the Crimson Tide’s 45-40 victory to win the 2015 national championship.
Kenyan Drake had suffered a season-ending broken leg early in the 2014 season. Last season he suffered a broken arm, but was able to return to action for championship season. Even with missing games over the past two seasons, his performance in those games in which he played – and his work in this year’s Senior Bowl – earned the 6-1, 210-pound Powder Springs, Ga., native an invitation to the NFL combine in Indianapolis.
Drake was primarily the back-up to Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry, but he’s considered a versatile back, one who can be effective as both a runner and pass receiver. And, obviously, he has kickoff return skills.
In 2015 Drake had 77 carries for 408 yards (5.3 yards per carry) with one touchdown. He also caught 29 passes for 276 yards (9.5 per catch) with a TD. And he had 19 kickoff returns for 505 yards (26.6 yards per) with that memorable touchdown.