Jovon Robinson was a breakout player late last season for the Auburn Tigers. After carrying the ball just four times for 20 yards through the first seven games of the year, Robinson carried the load for the team in the last six, finishing the year with 639 yards and three touchdowns.
Many expected Jovon Robinson to be the bell cow for Auburn's offense this season, making his absence from the team's first practice today notable. After the session, Gus Malzahn made a huge announcement: he dismissed Robinson from the program.
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247Sports has more on Malzahn's explanation for the surprising dismissal of his star running back.
Malzahn would not go into details surrounding Robinson's dismissal. "It’s just between me and him," he said. ... "I’ll just say this year there will be no distractions," Malzahn said. "Like I said he didn’t meet the expectation or whatever it takes (to be at Auburn)."
After four mid-season DNPs, Robinson broke out with a 18 carry, 91 yard game against Ole Miss. He followed it up with his most productive game of the season, rushing for 159 yards and a score against Texas A&M. Robinson ran for at least 90 yards in five of Auburn's final six games, including 126 yards and a score in the Birmingham Bowl against Memphis. That performance earned him bowl game MVP honors.
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In his place, Malzahn expects Kerryon Johnson to start at running back for the Tigers.
Johnson had 52 carries for the Tigers last season. He rushed for 208 yards, and matched Robinson with three touchdowns. He is also a threat in the passing game, catching 14 passes for 159 yards.
While the former four-star recruit may be capable, losing a player like Robinson would hurt any SEC program.