A bizarre story involving a graduate transfer to The Plains and Auburn’s top returning rusher has apparently come full circle.
Aug. 3, Auburn announced that Jovon Robinson had been dismissed from the Tigers football program. It was subsequently reported that Robinson and Marshall Taylor, the grad transfer from Miami (Ohio), “recently attended a party in Columbus, Georgia, during which a physical altercation took place between attendees of the party and Taylor, who sources indicated was the victim of the confrontation,” al.com wrote a couple of days after the back’s dismissal, adding that “[a] source said Robinson felt he was being blamed for the incident.”
It was also reported that Taylor (pictured, No. 21) had made it clear he wouldn’t return to the program unless Robinson, who claimed post-dismissal that he “was stereotyped and disrespected,” was gone.
Fast-forward a couple of weeks, and Taylor has been sidelined during that time because of the unspecified injuries he sustained in that incident. However, not only has Taylor returned to the program, but he’s also expected to practice for the first time as a Tiger Tuesday, sources told al.com.
All told, Taylor will have missed 19 practices. NCAA bylaws state that Taylor won’t be permitted to practice in pads until he’s gone through four practices pad-less.
It’s unclear if he’ll be available for AU’s opener against Clemson in less than two weeks.
“We’ll just have to wait and see how everything progresses,” head coach Gus Malzahn said over the weekend. “It’s hard to say right now.”
The last two seasons, the 6-3, 200-pound Taylor started 22 games at cornerback for the RedHawks. He also started five games as a true freshman in 2012.
In 2015, he was second on the team with two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.