SEC Extra Points with Barrett Sallee: RB Kenyan Drake on Thin Ice at Alabama?

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SEC Extra Points with Barrett Sallee: RB Kenyan Drake on Thin Ice at Alabama?
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Alabama RB Kenyan Drake

Different Verse, Same as the First?

Alabama running back Kenyan Drake isn't doing anything alarmingly bad, but it seems like he's always getting into trouble.

He was suspended for violation of team rules in 2012 and didn't make the trip to Atlanta to open the 2013 season vs. Virginia Tech after getting into head coach Nick Saban's doghouse, according to AL.com's Mike Herndon. Last weekend, he was arrested for misdemeanor obstruction of governmental operations. 

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Alabama RB Kenyan Drake

"I'm aware of the situation with Kenyan and will handle it once I've had a chance to review all of the information and talk to the appropriate people," Saban said, according to AL.com's Drew Champlin.

Is it the worst crime in the world? No. His vehicle was parked inside a crime scene and he didn't stay outside of the crime scene tape.

But on top of other minor transgressions, Drake has become an "incident guy." He's not doing anything that will get him tossed from the team, he's just a bit of a nuisance at times.

That's not a good place for him to be. If there's any place on the Alabama roster where you don't want to be in the doghouse, it's at running back. T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry are vying for the top spot on the depth chart (or "1A" and "1B," if you will), with Drake being that changeup back that's capable of hitting the home run. Behind him, there's H-back/bruiser Jalston Fowler, Altee Tenpenny, Tyren Jones and a partridge in a pear tree. 

Drake—or any Alabama running back for that matter—doesn't need to put himself in a position to fight an uphill battle, because that's a steep hill.

Poor timing on Drake's part.

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Alabama RB Kenyan Drake

 

Is the Requirement Really Met, Missouri?

The SEC made waves earlier in the offseason when it announced that it is sticking with the eight-game conference schedule and adding a requirement that every team play an out-of-conference game against a team from a power-five conference starting in 2016.

Missouri has met that requirement for 2017 and 2018.

Purdue announced a home-and-home series with the Tigers, with the 2017 game being played at Missouri and the 2018 game at Purdue. As of now, the only other out-of-conference game Missouri has on the docket in either of those two seasons is a home date with Wyoming in 2018, according to FBSchedules.com.

It prompts the question, though. Even though Purdue is technically in the Big Ten, does that really count as a power-five matchup?

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Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel

 

Fanning the Flames of the Rivalry

Andrew Butcher, a 4-star defensive end from Alpharetta, Georgia, committed to Tennessee last year. 

What's his intention once he gets to Rocky Top? Beating Alabama seems to be top of mind.

As future Alabama quarterback Blake Barnett and wide receiver Calvin Ridley were tearing up "The Opening" en route to Elite 11 and 7-on-7 MVP honors, respectively, Butcher took to Twitter (post have since been deleted) to take a few shots at the 900-pound elephant in the SEC West.

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Tennessee DE commit Andrew Butcher

"I can't wait to beat Alabama's (expletive deleted) with my boys," Butcher said, according to Drew Champlin of AL.com. "Bring the hate I DON'T CARE (sic)."

Over the line?

Not at all.

Butcher has every right to call out one of Tennessee's primary rivals and to use social media how he sees fit. Plus, he was excited. Tennessee landed a huge (literally) commitment Thursday night at "The Opening," when 5-star defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie committed to the Vols.

When you pick a fight with the neighborhood bully, though, don't be upset when the bully fights back.

 

South Carolina's Class on the Brink of a Disaster

Florida received good news last month when all 24 members of its 2014 recruiting class were officially cleared to enroll. The same was true at Auburn, when head coach Gus Malzahn welcomed 24 new Tigers to the Plains.

South Carolina, on the other hand, is "struggling." 

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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier

According to Josh Kendall of The State, eight members of the Gamecocks' 2014 class are either in academic limbo or failed to qualify.

Included in that group are 4-star cornerbacks Wesley Green and Chris Lammons, as well as 3-star cornerback Darin Smalls. That's a big problem for head coach Steve Spurrier, because, considering the loads of inexperience he has at that position, that trio was being counted on to, at the very least, provide depth.

The head coach better hope that this is just a temporary problem and that some of his defensive backs qualify, otherwise a promising season could turn south in a hurry. After all, pass-happy Texas A&M is looming in Game 1.

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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier

 

Standing in the Hall of Fame

The new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta has been in the works for quite some time, and now we know the date it will open.

The new facility in downtown Atlanta near the Georgia Dome and Philips Arena, will open its doors to the public on Saturday, Aug. 23, with tickets going on sale on CFBHall.com on Aug. 1. 

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What should fans expect?

Interactive features will be a dominant theme, including a touch-sensitive, 52-foot media wall filled with dynamic content, such as photos and videos of players, fans, cheerleaders, marching bands, and a multi-touch, content-specific system designed to tailor the experience to the individual.

"The real wow pieces are our 150-seat theater with a 40-foot by 10-foot, 4K, ultra-high definition screen, which is nowhere else in the world," said John Stephenson, president and CEO of Atlanta Hall Management and and the College Football Hall of Fame. "There's a 360-degree viewer where you get to stand on the field and experience what it's like to stand in the middle of the stadium.

"This is a fun, celebratory, fully immersive attraction that takes the college football fan into the game as never before."

With the Hall of Fame, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl now in the semifinal rotation and one of the biggest kickoff games in the country, Atlanta is rapidly becoming the center of the college football world.

 

Aaron Murray's Bachelorette Cameo

Former Georgia Bulldog and minor league baseball player Josh Murray has (spoiler alert) advanced to the final three in the chase to win the love of Andi Dorfman on The Bachelorette.

The big news on Monday was the appearance of Josh's younger brother Aaron Murray, former Georgia quarterback and current Kansas City Chief. 

During the hometown date, the Murray family talked football and then played a little backyard football. How did Aaron do? The scene, which was filmed prior to May's NFL draft, included the record-setting former Bulldog signal-caller short-arming passes and lead-blocking, despite the fact that he was just a few months removed from ACL surgery (h/t: Morgan Weeks of BulldawgIllustrated.com).

Pretty solid form from Aaron, getting the seal block on his sister and getting to the second level to get to his older brother, springing Dorfman for a big gain.

The Chiefs didn't seem to care about his fullback potential. He was drafted in the fifth round—as a quarterback. 

 

Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer for Bleacher Report. Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. All stats are courtesy of CFBStats.com and all recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports.

 

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