According to a report from John Zenor of the Associated Press on Wednesday, the Auburn Tigers’ football program has dismissed running back Jovon Robinson from the team. Robinson was previously expected to be Auburn’s starting running back.
When asked about the matter, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn simply stated that the now former Tigers’ rusher did not “meet my standards.”
A senior at Auburn, the 22-year-old previously spent time at the junior college level prior to arriving in the SEC. Last season, he was one of several players to carry the ball for the Tigers while splitting time in the backfield throughout the campaign.
Posting 639 yards and three touchdowns in 2015-16, Robinson notably registered a 93-yard effort against the Georgia Bulldogs, another 99 yards in the first-half alone against Idaho Vandals and a season-high 159 yards on the road against the Texas A&M Aggies. Additionally, Robinson was named the Most Valuable Player of the Birmingham Bowl as a result of 27 carries for 126 yards and a four-yard rushing touchdown against the Memphis Tigers. He was also named as a fourth-team preseason All-SEC selection this year.
With Robinson noticeably absent from the team’s offseason camp, Kerryon Johnson was forced to take most of the first-team snaps in the Tigers’ backfield.
Last season, Auburn finished the year with a disappointing 2-6 record in SEC play despite finishing with a 7-6 overall record. Due to their efforts early on in 2015-2016, the Tigers defeated Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl by the score of 31-10.