Normally a practice absence less than a week into summer camp would be far from noteworthy. Given the player involved and the recent “news” along his unit, it is.
According to multiple outlets, including al.com, A’Shawn Robinson was not on the practice field Wednesday during the media viewing window. There was no reason given for the defensive lineman’s unexpected absence.
Head coach Nick Saban is not expected to meet with the media again until Thursday, so the “mystery absence” will linger.
Robinson, a five-star recruit in 2013, played in 12 games (two starts) as a true freshman. He was a preseason first-team All-SEC selection, and was named to the preseason watch lists for the Hendricks, Lombardi, Outland, Nagurski and Bednarik awards.
For the annual spring game, Robinson was one of three defensive line starters, including Jarran Reed and Brandon Ivory. Both of those players were suspended earlier this month and haven’t participated in camp.
Ivory’s suspension was for violating unspecified team rules. While’s Reed’s was technically for the same reason, his suspension can be traced to a July arrest and charge for drunk-driving.