TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- During the media's viewing period, Alabama running backs Kenyan Drake and Altee Tenpenny weren't spotted at practice on Thursday. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said the two received extra time in study hall and weren't able to make it to practice.
"They didn't do what they were supposed to do in school this week so I sent them to the study table for four hours and they didn't come to practice," Saban said during his Thursday news conference. "If they don't stay over there for four hours, they probably won't play in the spring game."
Both Drake and Tenpenny are listed on the White team's roster for A-Day, which features the first team defense and the second team offense. If Drake and Tenpenny aren't able to go, that leaves Tyren Jones as the White team's lone running back. T.J. Yeldon, Derrick Henry and Jalston Fowler are all listed on the Crimson team's roster, which features the first team offense and the second team defense.
As a sophomore, Drake missed Alabama's 2013 season opener for disciplinary reasons. He ran for 694 yards and eight touchdowns last year while averaging 7.5 yards per carry. He had 12 receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown.
This spring, Drake has worked as the third running back during drills behind returning starter Yeldon and Henry.
Tenpenny, a rising sophomore, was arrested in his home town of North Little, Arkansas for marijuana possession last month. He could have the charges dropped if he stays out of trouble for the next year. Until Thursday, Tenpenny had not missed any practices following his arrest. Tenpenny rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown as a true freshman last season.
Saban said he'd "rather do it now than during the season."
He also sent a warning to any other players who don't handle their business off the field while stressing the importance of education.
"You know, all these players need to learn that they have a responsibility and an obligation to do the right thing for themselves," Saban said.
"We're not asking one player here to do anything that's not going to benefit him. That's really what we're trying to do. And our guys getting an education and doing what they're supposed to do in school is a top priority."
And we have a systematic approach to how they need to do it. They understand it, and when they don't do those things, then ultimately I don't think we should let them participate."