"As of now I am not practicing," Drake said. "Personally, I think I could probably practice a little bit."
Drake missed the entire 2010 season after breaking his left leg during preseason camp. He re-aggravated the injury on the first day of spring ball.
His is not on the team's 105-man preseason roster. Why?
"It was looking like I wasn't going to practice all of camp," Drake said. "So they didn't bother putting me on the 105 that came into the camp, even though I am at practice and everything."
Though he attends practice, Drake does not suit up in gear. He does some light running and offers moral support for his fellow receivers.
But Drake does have some good news for Penn State fans.
"I got an X-ay last Friday," Drake said. "And the doctor said I am about 18-20 days away from being 100 percent."
He continued, "So right now I am just doing rehab, running on the treadmill, jumping in the pool and doing a bunch of things, whatever they ask me to do just to get it strong again."
For Drake, the bottom line is simple.
"It's looking like I will definitely be ready for the season," Drake said. "Well, I will probably miss the first game – but I will be back for the Alabama game."
After spending so much time on rehab, Drake has learned several valuable lessons. The most important one is not to rush the process.
"The doctors and the coaches and I learned from what happened in spring ball," Drake said. "That's why I am not really doing too much, and I am really taking my time with things like that. I am definitely excited about where I am now."