Miami Hurricanes add a surprise fan: Alabama’s Kenyan Drake

Kenyan Drake shops during the Dolphins’ ‘Kids and Fins Shopping Spree’ in which area students and their families received food for Thanksgiving. (Hal Habib / The Palm Beach Post)

FORT LAUDERDALE — We’ve all known about The Rock. And Michael Irvin. And Ed Reed, who was on the UM sideline Saturday night.

In addition to longtime Hurricanes supporters, it seems the University of Miami football team is getting bandwagon fans from unexpected places.

The latest to climb aboard? Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake.

Or should we say former Alabama running back Kenyan Drake?

“I can be whatever I want to be,” Drake said of his split fandom.

It’s significant, of course, because Alabama and Miami are contending for the national championship. The latest College Football Playoff rankings have the Crimson Tide No. 1 and the Hurricanes No. 3 behind Clemson. There’s still a long way to go — and there can be no doubt where Drake’s loyalties would ultimately fall should it come down to Alabama and UM — but still.

“I’m a Hurricane fan, too,” Drake said. “So I’m down here in Miami. It is what it is.”

Drake spoke after going through the checkout line at a Publix in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday night at the 15th annual “Kids and Fins Shopping Spree.” Current and past Dolphins took 125 students from the tri-county area to shop for Thanksgiving meals.

[As bandwagon fills, Miami Hurricanes try to keep their edge]

[Comments from Richt on Tuesday]

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