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Alabama’s Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones set for arraignment hearing

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Alabama left tackle Cam Robinson and safety Hootie Jones are scheduled to appear in a Louisiana court on June 16 for an arraignment hearing for weapon possession. It is at that time the two Crimson Tide players will be informed what charges they will formally face and will be given an opportunity to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.

Robinson and Jones were arrested early Tuesday morning in Monroe, Louisiana and each were charged with possession of marijuana and illegal carrying of a weapon. Those are considered misdemeanors, but Robinson was also charged with illegal possession of a stolen firearm. That is a felony. A police officer discovered the two in a parked car in a parking lot after the lot had been closed. Jones was in the front passenger seat with a handgun on his lap according to previous reports. The officer also reportedly smelled marijuana from the car and found a bag of marijuana inside. Robinson was the driver of the car. It was later reported the handgun in the possession of Robinson, which was located underneath the driver’s seat of the car, was stolen in Alabama.

At a golf event, Alabama head coach Nick Saban told reporters he had talked to both players and said Alabama is still gathering information on the incident.

“We’ll figure out if there’s something internally we need to do,” Saban said, pretty much reiterating his initial statement from a few days ago. “We do it internally, it’s not something we do publicly. If we can change their behavior based on what we do, that would be the purpose of discipline.”

“We will announce these things when they come,” Saban later said. “I don’t know why we can’t do our job and release things in the appropriate fashion.”

No punishment from SEC for Bielema’s sideline interaction with Alabama player

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Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema will not be disciplined by the SEC office for his brief interaction with Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson last weekend. A video showing Bielema exaggerating his interaction with Robinson at the end of a play was reviewed by SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, and the commissioner has discussed the situation with the Razorbacks coach.

“I visited with Bret over the phone on Monday and we discussed the play that has now become widely reviewed through a brief video clip,” Sankey said in a released statement. “Football is played in an intense competitive environment and I reminded him of the need for head coaches to resolve with their own players issues that may arise, which was his intent. The unsportsmanlike penalty assessed on the play was not directly associated with Bret’s efforts to intervene at the end of the play and we are moving forward in a positive manner.”

That appears to be the end of the discussion regarding Bielema’s act. I personally think there should have been some more done here by the league’s commissioner, but we will see if Bielema avoids putting himself in a similar position moving forward.

The SEC should reprimand Bret Bielema for his sideline act vs. Alabama

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Good coaches do whatever they can to put their team in a position to win, but they know there is a line that shall not be crossed. Simply put, interacting or coming anywhere near a player on the other team is frowned upon. With that being said, Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema has given us one more reason to frown upon him.

As you can see in the video below, shared by Anthony Jacks on Twitter, Bielema comes close to Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson as a play ended on the Arkansas sideline. Bielema moved closer to Robinson on the field, appears to make the first contact with Robinson and then flops backward, attempting to make it appear as though Robinson had pushed the Razorbacks coach. It drew a flag from the SEC official for unsportsmanlike conduct on Robinson, leading Bielema to do a little jig.

It is difficult and impossible to tell exactly what is happening between Bielema and Robinson, or whether anything was said by either. This much we do know. There is no reason Bielema should have been on the field in the first place, and he certainly embellished the situation so much a soccer player or Duke basketball player would be proud. Worse yet, it caused a needless flag on Alabama as a result. For this, the sEC should review this situation and punish Bielema in some way. This looks to be a clear demonstration of poor sportsmanship and conduct from a head coach of a program. It may not be an egregious offense, but it is one the SEC should not take too lightly.

Bielema’s sideline show may have drawn a penalty, but it was Alabama that got the last laugh. Alabama finished strongly against the Razorbacks to avoid an upset, winning 27-14 in Tuscaloosa.

Helmet sticker to The Big Lead.

Alabama LT Cam Robinson more confident, more powerful in 2015

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No matter how good you were in high school, the level of competition can be seen as a big adjustment when thrown into a starting role as a freshman, even at a program like Alabama. Cam Robinson was one of the top offensive linemen when he was recruited, but he saw first-hand just how good the competition is at this level. With a year under his belt now, Robinson is much more confident moving into the 2015 season.

“Just the size and the speed of the guys I was playing against,” Robinson explained to Al.com. “Those guys are my size, and they can move pretty well. That was probably my biggest adjustment.”

Robinson was the first freshman to start on Alabama’s offensive line since 2006, so he needed to make adjustments as early as possible in order to help Alabama make a push for the SEC crown and a spot in the College Football Playoff. This spring Robinson has boosted his confidence, and that has been recognized by head coach Nick Saban.

“I think the big thing is he’s a lot more confident right now. He’s got a lot more experience,” Saban said. “We’re really focused on getting him to play with the kind of power that he’s capable of playing with on a consistent basis. But he’s done a really good job so far this spring.”

Alabama usually has a nice advantage on the offensive line, but if Robinson is playing with more confidence and brings more brute strength up front then that advantage should be even stronger in 2015.

Young talent from SEC, Big Ten and Big 12 highlights FWAA Freshman All-America team

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The state of Texas is ripe with football talent. A total of nine players named to the Football Writers Association of America’s Freshman All-America team hail from the state of Texas, including Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett and Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine. A total of 30 players were named to the FWAA Freshman All-America Team, and Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin was also honored following his first season as head coach of the Broncos.

This year’s Freshman All-America team features six players from the SEC. The Big 12 and Big Ten each have five players represented. The Pac-12 has four players and the ACC has two.

The freshman All-America team chosen by the football writers features some of the top young running backs in the sport. In addition to Perine, Oregon’s Royce Freeman, Georgia’s Nick Chubb and LSU’s Leonard Fournette all were honored. Fournette was chosen as the all-purpose selection by the football writers. These are all players that give the 2015 season reason to believe running bacsk could thrive.

Here is the full Freshman All-America team as organized by a select panel of Football Writers Association of America members.

OFFENSE

QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State

RB Nick Chubb, Georgia

RB Royce Freeman, Oregon

RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma

WR Devonte Boyd, UNLV

WR KD Cannon, Baylor

AP Leonard Fournette, LSU

OL Brian Allen, Michigan State

OL Tejan Koroma, BYU

OL Toa Lobendahn, USC

OL Brandon Ray, Western Kentucky

OL Cam Robinson, Alabama

DEFENSE

DL Derek Barnett, Tennessee

DL Myles Garrett, Texas A&M

DL Malik McDowell, Michigan State

DL Ja’Von Rolland-Jones, Arkansas State

DL Kemoko Turay, Rutgers

LB DJ Calhoun, Arizona State

LB Nyles Morgan, Notre Dame

LB Craig Suits, Tulsa

LB Taylor Young, Baylor

CB Mackensie Alexander, Clemson

CB Adoreé Jackson, USC

S Quin Blanding, Virginia

S Kamari Cotton-Moya, Iowa State

SPECIAL TEAMS

P JK Scott, Alabama

K Matthew McCrane, Kansas State

PR De’Mornay Pierson-El, Nebraska

KR Darius Phillips, Western Michigan

HEAD COACH

Bryan Harson, Boise State