TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- While most of his troubles have been small or unannounced, Alabama running back Kenyan Drake has had his fair share of off the field issues.
From being left home for the 2013 season opener to not playing much at all in the 2013 Iron Bowl to a misdemeanor arrest last summer, Drake has battled through all of that to find himself in a leadership position for the 2015 team.
So when he found out two of his teammates were arrested on Saturday -- Jonathan Taylor's second domestic violence arrest and Geno Smith's second arrest for driving under the influence -- the rising senior sent out a tweet about how "mistakes will not define this team."
Tide coach Nick Saban dismissed Taylor from the team on Sunday, while Smith was handed some internal discipline that is ongoing.
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During an interview session with reporters on Monday, Drake once again took a strong stance against his teammates actions.
"I was very disappointed because I am pretty good friends with both of them, but at the end of the day you can't condone the behaviors they exhibited," Drake said. "We came together as a team and realized that at the end of the day, you have to be leaders on and off the field and be accountable for your actions."
With that out of the way, Drake gave an update on his recovery from the broken leg he suffered that ended his season a year ago.
When it comes to straight-line speed, Drake said that's no issue. Drake said it "kind of feels normal" being back on the field and that he expects to be 100 percent by the fall.
"The only difficulty I've had is jumping off it, that pressure I exert on it," Drake said. "That's not there, yet. My cutting, people tell me I look normal. I don't feel normal, but if it looks normal, I'm happy with that progress."
In the four full games he played in before his injury, Drake had six total touchdowns. Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin lined him up at multiple spots on the field. So far this spring, Drake has been spotted working with the wide receivers after completing his running back drills during the media's viewing period of practice.
"I really embraced it. I like being out there and being versatile," Drake said. "Personally, I think it will help me move forward in my football career, and it definitely helps my teammates out because I can give them a breather by being versatile, being a receiver or a running back. And, like I said, helping my team win any possible way."
-- Contact Anniston Star Sports Writer Marq Burnett at firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter:@Marq_Burnett.