Altee Tenpenny was hoping to make his way up the depth chart for Alabama in 2014, but an off-field incident might slow his rise to the top.
During the school's spring break, the sophomore running back was arrested for marijuana possession. Andrew Gribble of AL.com provides the details of the incident:
According to the incident report, Tenpenny was pulled over March 24 because of an "inoperational license plate light." After the officer detected "the odor of burnt marijuana," Tenpenny, who was described by the arresting officer as "extremely nervous," told the officer he "smoked a blunt" earlier in the night but initially denied that there was any in the vehicle.
Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban had this to say, per Gribble:
I’m aware of the situation with Altee and this is obviously not the kind of behavior we expect from our players. In addition to any punishment he may receive from a legal standpoint, we will have some internal discipline as well as education that he will be responsible for working through.
Alex Scarborough of ESPN.com offers a look at the court date, confirming a report from Justin Acri of The Zone in Little Rock:
Can confirm that Bama RB Altee Tenpenny is due in court this month on charges of poss. of controlled substance. @JustinAcri7 1st to report.— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) April 2, 2014
Tenpenny came to Tuscaloosa in 2013 as a highly touted recruit out of Arkansas. According to 247Sports' composite rankings, he was the No. 7 running back in the class and the No. 52 player overall.
Unfortunately, that class also included Derrick Henry, who stayed ahead of Tenpenny on the depth chart.
Will Tenpenny play for Alabama next season?
As a result, Tenpenny was limited to just 82 rushing yards on 22 carries plus one catch for four yards. He scored his only touchdown of the season in a rout against Kentucky.
With T.J. Yeldon coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and players like Kenyan Drake and Henry returning, Tenpenny will continue to fight for touches.
Adding in this latest incident with some "internal discipline," as Saban described, things are unlikely to get much better for Tenpenny, at least in the near future.
Still, the 6'0", 207-pounder has loads of talent. With three years of eligibility remaining, there is plenty of time for him to turn his career around and become a key contributor in future seasons.
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