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Two Alabama football juniors earning their way into Saban’s doghouse

UA_5Prac14_11Only eight days after Alabama running back Kenyan Drake was arrested for misdemeanor obstruction of governmental operations defensive lineman Jarran Reed was arrested Sunday morning in Tuscaloosa and charged with DUI. There is little doubt that some unsuspecting person will ask head coach Nick Saban about both arrests during the SEC Media days this week. There is also little doubt that said person might get the death stare along with a few remarks from the head coach.

Drake, who was just starting to make his way out of Nick Saban’s doghouse will most likely be put back on a chain but probably not quite back into the house itself.  The arrest was not a serious one as he was merely attempting to retrieve his car that was parked behind the yellow police tape.  However, he had been told to not cross the line and did anyway.

The junior seems to have a knack for finding trouble, usually not too terribly serious, but enough to keep him in the news and off the field.  Drake was suspended in 2012 for violation of team rules, didn’t play early in the season against Virginia Tech and didn’t play late in the season for ‘other’ reasons earning him a spot in Saban’s doghouse.  Again, the problems never seem to be very serious, but they are just enough to be very frustrating not only to Saban but because Drake has the ability to be a difference maker and game changer with his talent and speed.      UA_5Prac14_15

On the other hand, Reed’s arrest on Sunday is a little more serious and could result in a more significant punishment. According to the Tuscaloosa police, a sobriety test showed that Reed had a blood alcohol level of 0.13. The legal limit is 0.08.

Reed was an early enrollee in the 2014 spring class and is considered as one of the top junior college defensive linemen in the country.  After playing at East Mississippi Community College the 6-4, 310 pound player from Goldsboro, N.C. was ranked as the number three JUCO defensive lineman and is expected to be a significant contributor for the Alabama defense this season.

Decisions. That is one word that keeps coming to mind every time one of these incidents occurs. The choice’s that we make each day determines our future, dictates the paths that we follow, and impacts those closest to us. Not only do our personal wants and desires come into play when making choices, but the people we are with influence the decisions we make and ultimately the direction we usually take.  That’s a segment taken from previous article surrounding Pettway’s incident in February 2013.

Head coach Nick Saban has yet to comment on Reed’s arrest and has said that he is still evaluating Drake’s incident.

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