TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama freshman running back Kenyan Drake did not compete in Saturday's 49-0 win over Western Carolina because of a suspension for violation of team rules, according to coach Nick Saban.
Drake, who is third on the team in rushing yards (206) and rushing touchdowns (5), was not allowed to dress out for the game.
"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," Saban said. "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."
In his absence, former H-back Brent Calloway made the most of mop-up duty, running for 52 yards on seven carries. Alabama's running back corps had already taken two hits this season when both Jalston Fowler and Dee Hart went down with season-ending injuries. Both were listed above Drake on the depth chart to start the season.
It was the first game Drake had missed all season and Saban expressed hope that it won't be a recurring occurrence.
"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," he said.