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Drake hopes second chance leads to redemption

Hernando Today correspondent


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Tevin Drake's journey has taken him a long way to say the least. It's certainly not a perfect tale, but it is far from over.

It is a story of success, mistakes and one chance at redemption, but more importantly for Drake, it is a second chance to chase a dream, a chance most wish for but never receive.

That chance has come with his recent signing to play football with Division II Glenville State College, which became official this week.

For Drake there have been the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.

The standout running back from Nature Coast had offers from Miami, Florida International, Memphis and Florida Atlantic before choosing Western Michigan University to continue his playing career back in 2010.

As a member of the Sharks, the 5-foot-11 Drake ran for almost 5,000 yards and had 69 touchdowns in his prep career from 2006-09, dazzling scouts with his size and speed.

When he got to Western Michigan, he showed flashes of brilliance as a true freshman with 405 yards and four touchdowns on 40 carries in just sevne games.

Following a solid sophomore season where he led the team in rushing with 586 yards, Drake suffered a foot injury during spring football which required surgery.

After returning to action for his junior campaign in 2013, Drake re-aggravated the injury and only played three games.

Then it all changed.

A press release issued by the Brooksville Police Department on Aug. 5 states Drake was charged with domestic battery, resisting with violence, resisting without violence and battery of a law enforcement officer.

The charges were eventually dropped but the damage was done, and Drake had been dismissed by Broncos.

"We all make mistakes." Drake said. "I don't want to be defined by them, and I want to show people you don't have to stay down."

Enter Glenville State. The Pioneers are located in West Virginia where they compete in the Mountain East Conference.

Coming off a 6-5 season, the Pioneers called up Drake and wanted him to become a member of their team.

"My recruiting coordinator (Tyler Scutter) and (Nature Coast coach Rob) Kazmier made this transition easier," Drake said. "They called up and helped me out."

Despite having a year off of football, Drake isn't worried about his past, or any rust.

"It's behind me," Drake said. "I'm not worried. I just am excited to get there, work hard and run."

With only one year remaining of eligibility, Drake could apply for a medical redshirt for his junior season at WMU, possibly giving him two years with the Pioneers.

"It's about redemption for me," Drake said. "You can't stay down, you have to get up and move forward. I want to keep chasing my dream to play football."

While his journey may have been a rough ride, Drake hopes to end his story with a happy conclusion. He wants to show others that you can rise above adversity, but most of all he just wants to keep chasing a dream.

"I want to show people you can rise above," Drake said. "I'm excited to get (to Glenville) and put in work."

By the numbers: Tevin Drake

Nature Coast


2006 6 104 857 11

2007 10 165 1416 20

2008 8 166 1189 20

2009 11 206 1529 18

TOTALS 35 641 4991 69

Western Michigan


2010 7 40 405 4

2011 12 105 586 5

2012 3 22 107 0

TOTALS 22 74 617 9

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