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Kenyan Drake
No. 32 – Miami Dolphins
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1994-01-26) January 26, 1994 (age 25)
Powder Springs, Georgia
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:211 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Hillgrove
(Powder Springs, Georgia)
College:Alabama
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 3 / Pick: 73
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Rushing yards:1,358
Rushing touchdowns:9
Receiving yards:762
Receiving touchdowns:6
Return yards:757
Return touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Kenyan Drake (born January 26, 1994) is an American football running back and kick returner for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama. Drake was drafted by the Dolphins in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Early years

Drake attended Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, Georgia.[1] He played football at Hillgrove. As a senior, he rushed for 1,610 yards with 18 touchdowns and was named the Gatorade Football Player of the Year for Georgia.[2] He was rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com. He received offers from Alabama, Georgia, and Georgia Tech.[3] He committed to the University of Alabama to play college football.[4][5]

College career

Drake attended and played college football for the University of Alabama from 2012–2015 under head coach Nick Saban.[6]

As a true freshman in 2012, Drake played in 12 games as a backup to Eddie Lacy and T. J. Yeldon. On September 8, against Western Kentucky, he had a 32-yard rushing touchdown.[7] Overall, in the 2012 season, he rushed for 281 yards on 42 carries with five touchdowns.[8]

As a sophomore in 2013, Drake appeared in 11 games with one start as the backup to Yeldon. On September 28, against Ole Miss, he had 99 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.[9] On October 12, against Kentucky, he had 106 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, and three receptions for 44 yards.[10] He followed that up with 104 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns against Arkansas.[11] He rushed for 694 yards on 92 carries with eight touchdowns and had 12 receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown.[12]

In 2014, Drake played in only five games his junior year due to a broken leg suffered against Ole Miss on October 4.[13][14][15][16]

Drake returned from the injury for his senior year in 2015. As a backup to Derrick Henry, he played in 13 games, missing two due to a broken arm.[17][18] In the season opener against Wisconsin, he had 77 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, and 48 receiving yards.[19] In the next game, against Middle Tennessee State, he had 40 rushing yards, 91 receiving yards, and a receiving touchdown.[20] Overall, Drake rushed for 408 yards on 77 carries with one touchdown and had 29 receptions for 276 yards and a touchdown.[21] During Alabama's 45–40 win over Clemson in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship, he returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.[22][23][24]

Collegiate statistics

Kenyan Drake Rushing Receiving
Year School Conf Class Pos G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2012 Alabama SEC FR RB 12 42 281 6.7 5 0 0 0 0
2013 Alabama SEC SO RB 11 92 694 7.5 8 12 135 11.3 1
2014 Alabama SEC JR RB 5 22 112 5.1 4 5 159 31.8 2
2015 Alabama SEC SR RB 13 77 408 5.3 1 29 276 9.5 1
Career Alabama 233 1,495 6.4 18 46 570 12.4 4

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 58 in
(1.84 m)
210 lb
(95 kg)
31 34 in
(0.81 m)
9 34 in
(0.25 m)
4.45 s 1.64 s 2.64 s 4.21 s 7.04 s 34 12 in
(0.88 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
10 reps
All values from NFL Combine[25][26]

Drake was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the third round, 73rd overall, in the 2016 NFL Draft.[27] He was the third running back to be selected that year.[28]

2016 season

Drake made his NFL debut in the 12–10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in the season opener.[29] In the next game, against the New England Patriots, he scored his first professional rushing touchdown on a seven-yard rush in the fourth quarter.[30] On November 6, against the New York Jets, he had 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the 27–23 victory.[31] He played in all 16 games as a rookie, rushing for 179 yards and two touchdowns.[32]

2017 season

After starting running back Jay Ajayi was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017 for a fourth round pick, Drake was named the second running back behind Damien Williams for Miami after entering the season third on the depth chart.[33] After an injury to Williams in Week 12, Drake was named the starting running back.[34] In Week 13, he rushed for a season-high 120 yards and a touchdown in a 35–9 win over the Denver Broncos.[35] In Week 14, he totaled 193 yards from scrimmage against the New England Patriots, playing an integral part in the Dolphins' 27–20 upset win.[36][37] In the aftermath of a scuffle against the Buffalo Bills in Week 17 in which he grabbed and tossed a Bills player's helmet, Drake and teammate Jarvis Landry were ejected from the game. Drake finished the season with 644 yards on the ground and three touchdowns with six starts.[38][39]

2018 season

Through the first six games of the Dolphins' 2018 season, Drake had 210 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown to go with 21 receptions for 145 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown.[40] In Week 8, he recorded a rushing and a receiving touchdown in the loss to the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football.[41] In Week 14 against the New England Patriots, Drake was part of the Miracle in Miami. Trailing by five points with seven seconds to go, the Dolphins had the ball at their own 31-yard line. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw a pass over the middle that was caught by wide receiver Kenny Stills, who lateraled the ball to the right side of the field that was caught by DeVante Parker at midfield. Parker lateraled the ball to Drake, who ran the ball 52 yards for a touchdown to win the game 34–33.[42] Overall, he finished the 2018 season with 535 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns to go along with 53 receptions for 477 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns.[43]

Professional statistics

Kenyan Drake Rushing Receiving
Year Tm G GS Rush Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G
2016 MIA 16 1 33 179 2 45 5.4 11.2 2.1 10 9 46 5.1 0 9 0.6 2.9
2017 MIA 16 6 133 644 3 66 4.8 40.3 8.3 48 32 239 7.5 1 47 2.0 14.9
2018 MIA 16 7 120 535 4 54 4.5 33.4 7.5 73 53 477 9.0 5 52 3.3 29.8
Career 48 14 286 1,358 9 66 4.7 28.3 6.0 131 94 762 8.1 6 52 2.0 15.9

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