Altee Tenpenny “parted ways” with Alabama this past January, ultimately moving on to UNLV four months later. Now, the running back is working on his third football program in the last eight months.
Earlier this month, Tenpenny was dismissed from the Rebels for violating unspecified team rules. Tenpenny would’ve been forced to sit out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, but now he won’t even get the chance to restart his collegiate career with UNLV in 2016.
“It’s unfortunate, but we’ve got plenty of guys,” first-year Rebels head coach Tony Sanchez said at the time of the dismissal. “The young guys look fantastic. That had nothing to do with (the dismissal). At the end of the day, rules are the rules.”
Where he will get his chance to start over is at Nicholls State, which al.com is reporting is Tenpenny’s new college football home. Because the Colonels play at the FCS level, Tenpenny would be eligible to play immediately in 2015.
Tenpenny was a four-star member of the Tide’s 2013 recruiting class, rated as the No. 8 back in the country; the No. 1 player at any position in the state of Arkansas; and the No. 53 player overall by Rivals.com. Despite that impressive recruiting profile, Tenpenny didn’t contribute more than a couple of cents during his brief stay in Tuscaloosa.
In two seasons with the Tide, Tenpenny totaled 218 yards on 48 carries in a backfield that’s loaded with more four- and five-star talent than any in the country.
Two members of Alabama’s offense are no longer associated with the program. According to a report from BamaOnline.com, running back Altee Tenpenny and tight end Malcolm Faciane are no longer a part of the program, nor are either expected to be on the roster in 2015.
The reasons for the players no longer being associated with the team are unknown. Whether these are decisions by the players or by the coaching staff is unknown.
Neither player had an impact on Alabama’s offense since arriving on campus (Tenpenny in 2013 and Faciane in 2011), and it was not likely either would have had a significant role with the team in the fall either. Tenpenny would have been lost in the deep pool of running back talent at Alabama and Faciane has not managed to break into a role yet.
After being pulled over for a broken licence plate light while on spring break, Alabama running back Altee Tenpenny soon found himself in a bit more legal trouble. Tenpenny was charged for possession of a controlled substance after police searched his vehicle and discovered 2.1 grams of marijuana during the traffic stop. 103.7 The Buzz in Little Rock, Arkansas was first to report the news. Tenpenny is a native of Little Rock.
According to multiple reports, Tenpenny is scheduled to appear in court on April 10. As it just so happens, the court date comes between Alabama spring practices.
Tenpenny played in all 13 games for Alabama last season, rushing for 82 yards on 22 attempts. He also scored a touchdown and made five tackles on special teams coverage. It is not expected Tenpenny was going to make a push for a starting job this fall for the Crimson Tide, but he certainly adds depth to the roster at the position.
There has been no statement from Alabama, although a suspension of some sort should probably be expected at some point if Tenpenny is found guilty.