Drake's maturity in question again

July 7, 2014

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If your response to Alabama running back Kenyan Drake's weekend arrest for crossing into a crime scene to retrieve his vehicle was "No big deal," you're right.

If your response was that Drake has to be smarter than that, you're also right.

The formal charge was "obstructing governmental operations." He was told not to cross into the scene, and was only arrested after doing so anyway. It's a misdemeanor, and one that Drake will surely attone for with disciplinary action that coach Nick Saban will keep "internally" within the program.  But while Drake's transgression doesn't seem like a big deal on its face, it also shouldn't be overlooked when you consider how crowded the UA backfield is, and that Drake is fighting for a place in it. It's not the first time a lack of maturity has set Drake back. It might not be the last.

Saban has said over and over that he plays the players who are mature and can be trusted. Of course, that primarily means trust in on-the-field assignments. But if you don't think Nick Saban also considers maturity off the field in deciding who belongs on it, then you don't know Saban.

Drake is a marvelously talented rusher who has the talent to command as many carries as T.J. Yeldon, Derrick Henry or anyone else. But as long as he's capable of stunts like directly disobeying a direction from a policeman, he'll be his football career's own worst enemy.

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