There were 2,627 rushing yards on the field at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Thursday — and that’s just counting those who won a national championship last season.
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) September 2, 2016
That’s right, the two main cogs in Alabama’s championship-winning backfield were reunited in the Dolphins and Titans’ preseason finale (a 21-10 Dolphins win, for those of you who care about NFL preseason results).
For Derrick Henry, it was the cherry on top of an impressive preseason for the Titans after they spent a second-round pick on him in the 2016 draft. It was Kenyan Drake’s professional debut; the Dolphins’ third-rounder had missed the first three preseason games with a hamstring injury.
Henry rushed for 62 yards on seven carries, including a one-yarder across the goal line. It pushed his preseason totals to 216 yards on 34 carries, a 6.4-yard average. Drake finished his preseason with 210 fewer yards. He was contained for six yards on four carries in his first and only action. Similar to their time at Alabama, where Henry rushed for 3,591 career yards, while Drake contributed 1,495.
The two exchanged jerseys after the game. In total, there were six Alabama products on the field Thursday. Joining Henry on the Titans were fullback Jalston Fowler, offensive lineman Chance Warmack and safety Rashad Johnson. With Drake on Miami was offensive lineman Anthony Steen. All six gathered postgame for a photo.
— Kenyan Drake™ (@KDx32) September 2, 2016