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SENIOR (2015): An explosive option at running back who gave the Crimson Tide a variety of options in both the running and passing game ... rushed for 408 yards on 77 carries for a 5.3 yards per carry average while catching 29 passes for 276 yards and a score ... found the end zone three times with one rushing, one receiving and one kickoff return touchdown ... returned a team-leading 19 kickoffs for 505 yards with a long of 95 in the CFP National Championship Game ... notched eight explosive rushes of 12 yards or more with one going for a touchdown ... notched 19 first downs rushing and nine first downs receiving ... collected Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll recognition following the season opener with Wisconsin ... named one of the Alabama coaching staff’s offensive players of the week for his efforts against Middle Tennessee, ULM, Arkansas and LSU ... also named one of the UA coaching staff’s special teams players of the week after Mississippi State. Wisconsin: Returned filling multiple roles in his first game since suffering a broken leg a season ago ... put together 77 yards on 10 rushes with one touchdown while adding two catches for 48 yards and two kick returns for 28 yards ... recorded a long rush of 43 yards on a scamper to the end zone, creating his own opportunity by spinning out and rushing to paydirt on a play that looked stopped in the backfield ... teamed with Derrick Henry to rush for a combined 224 yards and four touchdowns on the night. Middle Tennessee: Hauled in a career-best 91 yards receiving on a career-high five receptions, including a 69-yard play that broke the game open ... averaged 6.7 yards per rush on six carries and returned three kickoffs for 71 yards with a career-long of 40 yards. Ole Miss: Put together 33 yards on 11 carries at running back ... also added three kick returns for 71 yards, including a long of 29 yards. ULM: Rushed 10 times for 65 yards with a long of 15. Georgia: Rushed six times for 12 yards while adding one catch for two yards ... helped provide mismatches for an Alabama offense that finished with 379 yards and 38 points. Arkansas: Was a threat in both the passing and rushing games with the Tide offense taking advantage of his versatility ... caught a career-high tying five passes for 37 yards to go with his 29 yards rushing on seven carries. Texas A&M: Rushed five times for 11 yards and hauled in two passes for no gain before exiting the game with a leg injury. Tennessee: Rushed three times for 10 yards while recording one reception for three yards ... also returned to kick returner duties, bringing back two for 62 yards with a long of 33. LSU: Had arguably his best game this season, collecting 163 all-purpose yards against the Tigers ... rushed 10 times for 68 yards while adding 40 yards on three receptions ... three of his rushes were explosive with a long of 24 yards ... also returned three kickoffs for 55 yards ... notched six of the Tide’s 28 first downs with four by way of the ground and two through the air. Mississippi State: Recorded two receptions for 13 yards in shortened action ... added one tackle on kickoff coverage, taking down the Bulldog returner at 15-yard line but had to exit after suffering a broken arm on the play. Florida: Saw his first game action since suffering an arm injury in the Mississippi State game ... made an impact in the receiving, rushing and kick return games ... rushed four times for 14 yards while hauling in three passes for 16 yards ... also returned a kickoff for 22 yards against the Gators. Michigan State: Made his second consecutive start after coming back from injury ... rushed four times for 60 yards while catching three passes for five yards ... had a long rush of 58 yards to move Alabama into scoring position, with Derrick Henry finishing off the touchdown drive on an 11-yard rush to move the Tide in front, 38-0. Clemson: His electric 95-yard kick return for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference in the Crimson Tide’s 45-40 win ... also caught two passes for 21 yards and a first down, while rushing once for one yard.
JUNIOR (2014): A regular in the Alabama rotation at running back before breaking his left leg at Ole Miss in the fifth game of the 2014 season ... elusive with explosive speed that excels in third-down situations and catching the ball out of the backfield ... had 22 carries on the season for 112 yards and a 5.1 yards per carry average ... had four rushing touchdowns and six total scores ... caught five passes for 159 yards, averaging 31.8 yards per catch with two receiving touchdowns before his injury ... had two explosive rushes of 12 yards or more and two explosive receptions of 16 yards or more ... converted 11 first downs, six rushing and five receiving ... named the Special Teams Player of the Week following the Southern Miss game. West Virginia: Rushed three times for seven yards in the season opener against the Mountaineers. FAU: Carried the ball six times for 31 yards and one score ... hauled in two catches for 53 yards with a 39-yard catch-and-run touchdown. Southern Miss: Recorded a career-high three rushing scores ... averaged 6.6 yards per rush, carrying the ball nine times for 59 yards ... caught one pass for nine yards. Florida: Caught a career-long 87-yard touchdown on the Tide's first play from scrimmage ... rushed four times for 15 yards with one first down ... finished with 102 all-purpose yards. Ole Miss: Broke his lower left leg on his only catch of the game, a 10-yard gain for a first down.
SOPHOMORE (2013): Developed into a play-making threat at running back ... played in 11 games with one start, while rushing for 694 yards on 92 carries (7.5 ypc) with eight touchdowns ... added 12 receptions for 135 yards (11.2 ypc) ... 14th in the SEC at 57.8 rushing yards per game ... converted 37 first downs on the ground and seven through the air ... had 15 explosive rushes of 12 yards or more, plus four explosive receptions of 15-yards or more ... averaged 71.8 rushing yards per game in SEC action ... blocked a punt and made four tackles on kickoff coverage. Texas A&M: Rushed for 50 yards off the bench against the No. 6 Aggies, on seven carries ... added one reception for two yards. Colorado State: Blocked a punt that was returned by Dillon Lee for a touchdown ... caught one pass for 22 yards and a first down while scoring his first rushing touchdown of the season on a three-yard burst up the middle ... earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors from the coaching staff. Ole Miss: Recorded career highs in rushing yards (99) and carries (12) ... exploded for a 50-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Georgia State: Carried the ball five times for 40 yards, with a long of 22 ... also caught a pass for a 23-yard touchdown. Kentucky: Registered his first 100-yard rushing game with 106 yards on 14 carries (7.6 ypc) ... added a pair of one-yard touchdown runs ... made three receptions out of the backfield for 44 yards, with a long of 24 to finish with 150 all-purpose yards. Arkansas: Went for over 100 yards rushing for the second straight week, with 104 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries (13.0 yards per carry) ... scored from 46 yards on an electric run, diving over from one-yard out ... also caught one pass for 11 yards ... had five explosive rushes of 12 yards or more and converted four first downs ... named an Alabama Offensive Player of the Week by the coaching staff. Tennessee: Rushed for a game-high 89 yards on 14 carries and caught one pass for 15 ... converted six first downs rushing and one receiving, as Alabama put up 45 points on the Volunteers. LSU: Rushed 10 times for 65 yards ... averaged 6.5 yards per carry and added one reception for 10 yards ... four of his rushes converted first downs. Mississippi State: Rushed four times for 28 yards, with a long of 21 ... caught two passes for nine yards and made one solo tackle on special teams. Chattanooga: Started his first career game and rushed for 77 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries ... averaged 7.0 yards per carry ... converted five first downs and had three explosive runs of 12 yards or more, including a 13-yard touchdown scamper. Auburn: Rushed four times for 33 yards with a long burst of 11 yards ... also recorded one solo tackle on special teams.
FRESHMAN (2012): Played in 12 games during his true freshman season, coming off the bench to rush 42 times for 281 yards and five touchdowns ... averaged 6.7 yards per carry and 23.4 yards per game. Michigan: Ran once for two yards in collegiate debut. Western Kentucky: Took advantage of his only carry against the Hilltoppers, finding the end zone on a 32-yard run. Arkansas: Rushed six times for 57 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown. Florida Atlantic: Recorded a touchdown for the third straight game, while rushing five times for 35 yards ... scored on an eight-yard run to open the fourth quarter. Missouri: Carried the ball four times for 11 yards, including a four-yard touchdown. Tennessee: Ran the ball four times for 22 yards, with a long rush of 10 yards. Mississippi State: Rushed eight times for 47 yards, including a three-yard touchdown. Auburn: Ran for a season-high 67 yards on a season-best 10 carries, with a long rush of 38 yards. Notre Dame: Carried three times for eight yards in the Tide 42-14 win in the BCS National Championship Game.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Consensus four-star prospect and one of the top players in Georgia ... versatile athlete who earned Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 honors ... the No. 88 player nationally in the 247sports.com Top 247 while ranking as the service's No. 4 all-purpose running back and the No. 7 player in the state of Georgia ... Rivals.com listed him as the country's No. 13 running back and 185th in the Rivals250 ... also the No. 13 prospect in Georgia by Rivals.com ... ESPNU ranked him as the No. 15 running back and the No. 105 player in the ESPNU Southeast Top 150 ... Scout.com rated Drake as the No. 17 running back nationally ... No. 57 in the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... PrepStar All-American and All-Southeast Region choice ... second team All-State selection by the Georgia Sports Writers Association in 2010 and 2011 ... named to the All-Cobb County team and All-Region 4-AAAAA ... rushed for 1,610 yards on 175 carries as a senior with 18 rushing touchdowns while averaging 9.2 yards per carry ... also had 315 receiving yards with five scores while returning two kickoffs for touchdowns ... Georgia's Gatorade Player of the Year ... won the 100-meter championship in AAAAA ... coached by David Ironside at Hillgrove High School ... chose Alabama over Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Purdue.