In what was supposed to be a coming back party for the Alabama Crimson Tide‘s running back Kenyan Drake in a game dubbed “Revenge”, the senior from Powder Springs, Georgia left much to be desired as he finished the day with 33 yards on 11 carries en route to a chaotic finish that saw the Tide lose 43-37.
Drake, who is affectionately named “the roadrunner” due to his electrifying speed and athleticism was unable to break loose all night and even had a crucial fumble that led to an Ole Miss score. Throughout the week, Drake was silent and didn’t give much on his thoughts about facing the team in which he suffered a heartbreaking season-ending leg injury, which resulted in the Tide losing to the Rebels last season.
The inconsistency at the quarterback position was a direct correlation to the poor performance by Drake being that offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who showcased Drake’s versatility the first half of last season, allowed Drake to exit this contest without one single reception.
With a comparison to Reggie Bush and how he was used during his days at USC, the idea among Tide fans was to see Drake used in a multitude of ways the same way Bush was that propelled him to a Heisman trophy.
For the remainder of the season, one should hope the monikers and phrases of “revenge” and “avenging” will cease, and Drake and the Tide will get back to figuring out why pundits chose them as a candidate for this year’s playoffs.
Despite last nights poor performance, Drake will have ample opportunities to “avenge” himself the remainder of the season.