As Alabama put together a series of one-sided wins, they began to accumulate playing time in the third and fourth quarters. Running mostly the read or zone option – an offensive set where the quarterback, Blake Sims, takes a shotgun snap and reads the linebackers to decide whether to keep the ball or hand off to Kenyan Drake, his running back mate – they have discovered a rhythm that gives defenses something different to consider.
T.J. Yeldon isn’t the only Alabama freshman running back who has turned heads so far this season. Kenyan Drake has been making the most of his opportunities to carry the ball. The 6-foot-1, 204-pound former star from Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, Ga., has run eight times for 91 yards and two touchdowns.