Tyren Jones

Ex-‘Bama RB Tyren Jones to restart career at a JUCO

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Two and a half months after being on the receiving end of Nick Saban‘s boot, Tyren Jones has found a landing spot.

The head coach at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, Rion Rhoades, confirmed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Monday night that Jones will look to restart his collegiate career at the JUCO. Rhoades stated that he and his coaching staff have been talking to the running back “for a long time,” but it wasn’t until recently that the talks began to significantly heat up.

“He really just wasn’t ready to do anything until about I’d say three or four weeks ago,” the coach told the Journal-Constitution. “We started feeling like he was getting a little more serious, and then two weeks ago, he came out on a visit. He got to see the place in person, and get a feel for our coaches. We’ve got a few guys on campus this summer, and he was able to meet those guys.

“He got a good feel for it.”

In late March, arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree possession of marijuana. Jones was already in Saban’s doghouse at the time, suspended in the middle of February for what was described as “conduct not to the standard of the Alabama football program.” Jones also served a one-game suspension in October of last year.

Just a few hours after his arrest became public knowledge, Alabama announced that he had been dismissed from the football program.

A four-star member of UA’s 2013 recruiting class, Jones was rated as the No. 11 running back in the country. After redshirting as a true freshman, Jones was the Tide’s fourth-leading rusher in 2014 with 36 carries for 224 yards and two touchdowns.

Slammer Jammer: Tide’s Cyrus Jones charged in domestic incident

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An injury cost Cyrus Jones most of his final spring practice at Alabama.  Now, an off-field incident has the potential to cost him even more.

While the details are very scant at the moment, Stephanie Taylor of the Tuscaloosa News is reporting that Jones was charged Wednesday morning with misdemeanor domestic violence/harassment.  Per Taylor, Jones remains in the Tuscaloosa County Jail in lieu of an unspecified bond.

Taylor also included a mugshot in the tweet breaking the news of Jones’ arrest and charge.

The Tide returns seven defensive starters this season, and Jones is one of them — and one of their most talented.  Jones has started 19 of the 36 games in which he’s played, and was named second-team All-SEC following his breakout 2014 season.

Jones’ situation also continues an alarming trend in Tuscaloosa as the cornerback is the fourth Tide player to be arrested in a little over a month.

In late March, fellow cornerback Geno Smith was arrested for driving under the influence, his second such offense in less than two years. Smith subsequently apologized, while head coach Nick Saban stated that he will remain with the team even as he has several steps he must take in order to get back in the team’s good graces.

A day after Smith’s second arrest, transfer defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor was arrested following yet another domestic violence incident. Taylor, who was dismissed by Georgia for a similar offense last summer, was subsequently given the boot by Saban after his latest run-in with the law.

Tyren Jones was arrested at the very end of last month for possession of marijuana.  That was bad news for the running back as he was already in Saban’s doghouse, having been suspended in the middle of February for what was described as “conduct not to the standard of the Alabama football program.” Jones, who also served a one-game suspensionin October of last year, was subsequently dismissed from the football program.

UPDATED 9:22 a.m. ET: According to al.com, Jones is facing a pair of charges — third-degree domestic violence criminal mischief and third-degree domestic violence harassment.

Tide RB Bo Scarbrough tweets he’s set to go under the knife

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While Alabama has yet to publicly address the specifics, the injury sustained by a member of the Tide’s backfield is significant enough that a medical procedure will be involved in very short order.

On his Twitter account Sunday, Bo Scarbrough acknowledged that he will undergo surgery Monday morning to repair unspecified damage to his knee.  While there’s been no official word from anyone involved, reports state that Scarbrough sustained a torn ACL during a Friday scrimmage.

If Scarbrough tore his ACL, it’s very likely that his 2015 season is over before it ever got started.

Scarbrough was a five-star member of the Tide’s 2014 recruiting class, rated as the No. 2 athlete in the country; the No. 4 player at any position in the state of Alabama; and the No. 16 player overall according to Rivals.com.  He took a redshirt as a true freshman, but was expected to play a substantial role at a position of significant recruiting strength that has suddenly been depleted.

Late last month, Tyren Jones (2013 four-star) was dismissed from the football program following a weed arrest.  In January, it was announced that Altee Tenpenny (2013 four-star) was no longer a member of the Tide. Kenyan Drake (2012 four-star), expected to be the latter part of UA’s one-two running-game punch with Derrick Henry (2013 four-star, 2015 Heisman contender) this coming season, sustained a significant and gruesome leg injury last October, although his progress indicates that he’ll be a go for the from the start in 2015.

The only other running back on the Tide’s current roster, outside of Henry and Drake, who will enter 2015 with a carry at this level is Buddy Pell (walk-on grandson of Charley Pell), who ran for 15 yards last season on two totes.

There could be immediate help on the way, though, as Damien Harris, a five-star 2015 signee rated as the No. 1 running back in the country, is set to join the Tide this summer.

Following arrest, Alabama dismisses RB Tyren Jones

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Alabama has dismissed Tyren Jones from the football program after being arrested earlier in the day. The university announced the dismissal early Tuesday evening.

The dismissal of Jones comes just hours after an earlier report of his arrest on Tuesday. Jones was charged with second-degree possession of marijuana. Jones was already serving a team suspension by head coach Nick Saban, who himself has come under fire for some of the decisions revolving around his program’s roster lately.

As previously reported, cornerback Geno Smith was arrested for driving under the influence. This was his second offense in under two years. In addition, defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor, a transfer from Georgia following a similar offense, was arrested following yet a domestic violence incident. Taylor was also removed from the roster by Alabama.

As a freshman in 2014, Jones rushed for 224 yards and two touchdowns for Alabama.

Tyren Jones becomes third Tide player arrested since Friday

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To say that this has been a bad last few days for Alabama on the legal front would be a monumental understatement.

The latest to add to the Tide’s legal woes is Tyren Jones, who al.com reports was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree possession of marijuana.  From the website’s account of what led to Jones’ arrest and misdemeanor charge:

A Tuscaloosa police report states Jones was in a car stopped on 10th Avenue with the smell of marijuana. Officers found digital scales in the Dodge Challenger belonging to Brandon Lee Hansberry, who was also arrested.

A small amount of marijuana was found in the pants pocket of Jones.

The bad news for the running back is that he’s already in Nick Saban‘s doghouse, suspended in the middle of February for what was described as “conduct not to the standard of the Alabama football program.” Jones also served a one-game suspension in October of last year.

Unfortunately for the Tide, arrests have become the standard for the football program over the last four days as Jones is the third UA football player arrested in that time frame.

Late Friday night, cornerback Geno Smith was arrested for driving under the influence, his second such offense in less than two years. Smith subsequently apologized, while Saban stated that he will remain with the team even as he has several steps he must take in order to get back in the team’s good graces.

A day later, transfer defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor was arrested following yet another domestic violence incident. Taylor, who was dismissed by Georgia for a similar offense last summer, was subsequently given the boot by Saban after his latest arrest.