AUBURN, Ala. — The Tigers took the field for fall practice on Wednesday afternoon without top RB Jovon Robinson. Following the workout, coach Gus Malzahn announced Robinson’s dismissal from the Auburn football team to the media.
Robinson was sidelined for a large part of 2015 by attitude issues as well as an ankle injury. The junior carried the ball 117 times, rushing for 639 yards and scoring three touchdowns. At the end of the year, Robinson was named the MVP of the Birmingham Bowl after rushing for 126 yards and a touchdown. He was expected to start for the Tigers to begin the year.
Malzahn did not elaborate on the dismissal, but explained that senior didn’t meet the expectations required of him to be an Auburn football player.
Robinson is the second key running back to leave the program this offseason. Former Tiger Roc Thomas transferred to Jacksonville State during the offseason. Sophomore Kerryon Johnson (52 carries for 208 yards) is now the leading returning rusher on the roster.
- Newcomer OL Prince Michael Sammons watched from the sideline on the first day of Auburn camp after undergoing surgery on left foot earlier in the week. Malzahn said that the 6-foot-7 freshman will be week to week.
- WR Kyle Davis did not participate in the first workout. He had a procedure done on his foot two weeks ago and according to Malzahn, will be week to week. He is expected to return in the near future.
- DL Jaunta’vius Johnson did not practice. He will have knee surgery later in the week did not practice today. He is having knee surgery later on this week and will more than likely be out for the year.
- CB Marshall Taylor was absent to take care of personal business, Malzahn said following practice.
- DB Marlon Character is expected to return to practice Thursday after completing the required physical exams.
- QB Tyler Queen is still rehabbing but is expected to be back soon.
What we know
- There was a guest on the Auburn campus on Wednesday afternoon. Former Baylor QB Jarrett Stidham talked with Gus Malzahn throughout the media viewing period. The dual-threat quarterback announced he would transfer from Baylor in July, though he will have to sit out for one year unless he decides to play at the junior college level.
- Gus Malzahn said that freshman Woody Barrett, who was expected to be able to compete for the starting quarterback job, is not going to battle for a role in 2016. “Eventually he’ll be in that conversation,” says Malzahn. “But this fall we’re trying to just him prepared with our base offense.”
- Auburn’s quarterbacks concentrated on speed early in practice. Sophomore Sean White, junior Jeremy Johnson, and East Mississippi Community College transfer John Franklin III rotated through a tempo drill amid shouts of, “Hurry, hurry, hurry!” from the sideline.
- After expressing desire to take a more active leadership role in the Auburn offense throughout the offseason, senior WR Marcus Davis looked strong in first set of wide receiver drills
Senior WR Marcus Davis looked sharp in first day drills at Auburn. pic.twitter.com/ryBREw02Mv
— Lauren Shute (@LShute13) August 3, 2016
- Following practice, Davis recognized the effort and focus of the wide receiver group. “Everyone is buying back into what we need to do.”
Quote of the day
“I dismissed Jovon Robinson from our football team today. He did not meet my standards or expectations of what it takes to be an Auburn Tiger football player.” — Gus Malzahn, addressing the media at Wednesday’s first fall practice.