AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn's depleted backfield took another blow when coach Gus Malzahn dismissed top running back Jovon Robinson from the team.
Malzahn said he kicked off Robinson, the team's top returning rusher, on Wednesday before the first practice of preseason camp.
"He did not meet my standards or expectations of what it takes to be an Auburn Tiger football player," the coach said. "We're going to have zero distractions on this team this year. I've given him his release and we wish him the best."
Robinson came on strong late last season and ran for 639 yards and three touchdowns. Leading rusher Peyton Barber left early to enter the NFL draft, and No. 3 runner Roc Thomas transferred to Jacksonville State.
The Tigers, who open Sept. 3 against defending ACC champion Clemson, added former Baylor signee Kam Martin this summer after he was granted a release from his scholarship.
Kerryon Johnson is now the most established back after running for 208 yards and returning kicks as a freshman. Johnson missed most of spring practice recovering from shoulder surgery.
RODGERS' BROTHER JOINS SEC NETWORK: Jordan Rodgers, known for his turn on the Bachelorette and for being the brother of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, will join ESPN's SEC Network this month. "I've devoted my life to football," said Rodgers, who was Vanderbilt's quarterback from 2010-12. "I was never the most talented player on the field. I had to work hard for it, and sharing those experiences and that knowledge is my new focus." Stephanie Druley, ESPN's senior vice president, said: "We began planning for the upcoming college football season in February, and Jordan was one of our first calls. He had a unique perspective as a quarterback at Vanderbilt University, and we were immediately impressed with his intelligence and passion for the game."
NOTRE DAME: Tight end Alize Jones was declared academically ineligible for the season. "With this opportunity comes academic responsibility, and unfortunately, I didn't meet that responsibility," he tweeted.
TEXAS: Receiver DeAndre McNeal was suspended for a violation of team rules.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Tennessee's backcourt sustained two major losses, with Andraya Carter forgoing her final season of eligibility and Te'a Cooper out for the season with a knee injury. Carter said she was ending her college career to recover from a series of injuries. Coach Holly Warlick said Cooper injured her left knee while playing basketball at home.