Jovon Robinson dismissed from Auburn football team as fall practice begins

Auburn running back Jovon Robinson (29) breaks away from Texas A&M defensive back Armani Watts (23) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

AUBURN, Ala. (WIAT) — Gus Malzahn, head coach of Auburn Tigers football, addressed the media Wednesday after the team held their first open practice of the season, where starting running back Jovon Robinson was noticeably absent.

Wednesday, Malzahn told the media Jovon Robinson has been dismissed from the Auburn football team.

“This year there are going to be no distractions,” Malzahn said. “He did not meet the expectations of what it takes to be an Auburn football player and we wish him the best.”

Malzahn may have been referencing the dismissal of wide receiver Duke Williams, who became a distraction last year with off the field issues.

Robinson was suppose to be the starting running back heading into 2016. He rushed for 639 yards and three touchdowns in eight games last season.

Malzahn would not comment in particular why Robinson was dismissed and said it was between Robinson and him.

Robinson is now the third running back to leave the Auburn program this off-season. Peyton Barber turned pro in January and Roc Thomas transferred to Jacksonville State earlier in the summer.

Sophomore Kerryon Johnson is now the presumed starting running back.

To hear what some of Robinson’s former teammates had to say about his dismissal, check out the interviews below after the first day of practice.

Austin Golson

Carl Lawson

Marcus Davis

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