Suspension sidelines Tide’s Kenyan Drake

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Saturday looked like a day when Alabama freshman Kenyan Drake would get plenty of playing time.

Plenty of other third-team players got on the field during the Crimson Tide’s 49-0 home win over Western Carolina, but Alabama coach Nick Saban said Drake didn’t get to play because of a suspension. Drake wasn’t allowed to dress out in his uniform.

“Kenyan Drake was suspended today for a violation of team rules,” Saban said. “It wasn’t anything that was really significant or bad, but it happened once before, he was told if he did it again that he wouldn’t dress for the game. It is what it is.

“It would have been great to have him out there today — he would have gotten a lot of playing time. We think he is a good person and are certainly excited about his future, but he also has to learn that if you don’t do the right thing, there are consequences for it.”

With Drake out, fourth-team running back Brent Calloway benefitted, getting seven carries for 52 yards. Also, senior walk-on Ben Howell got five carries for 9 yards. Howell is a fan favorite from nearby Gordo, and he’s popular with his teammates, too, because of his friendly personality and work ethic.

“It’s great to see him play,” Tide safety Vinnie Sunseri said. “He’s one of my favorite people in the whole world.”

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