Saban Sends Two Tailbacks To Study

Did Tyren Jones just become the favorite for the Dixie Howell Award as the Most Valuable Player in the A-Day Game? Alabama has completed practice except for the spring game, and Tyren Jones is one of the running backs on the White team. The other two runners on that team may be in peril.

Alabama completed the 14th of its 15 spring practices Thursday. The Crimson Tide will complete spring drills Saturday with the A-Day Game, which begins at 1 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The teams have been divided with first team offense and second team defense on the Crimson team, second team offense and first team defense on the White team.

The media selects a most valuable player in the game, and it's frequently a surprise, owing in part to stars being lifted from the game early and back-ups having a chance to put up impressive statistics.

The three running backs on the White roster are Kenyan Drake, Altee Tenpenny, and Tyren Jones. But Drake and Tenpenny were not at practice Thursday. Drake is a 6-1, 202-pound junior; Tenpenny a 6-0, 218-pound sophomore; and Jones a 5-9, 212-pound redshirt freshman.

T.J. Yeldon, last year's starter, and Derrick Henry. who had an outstanding performance in the Sugar Bowl, are the running backs on the Crimson team.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban was asked for "an update" on the status of Drake and Tenpenny.

"There is no update," Saban said. "They didn't do what they were supposed to do in school this week so I sent them to the study table for four hours and they didn't come to practice. If they don't stay over there for four hours, they probably won't play in the spring game. There's no update, just the fact.

"I'd rather do it now than during the season.

"You know, all these players need to learn that they have a responsibility and an obligation to do the right thing for themselves. We're not asking one player here to do anything that's not going to benefit him. That's really what we're trying to do. And our guys getting an education and doing what they're supposed to do in school is a top priority. And we have a systematic approach to how they need to do it. They understand it, and when they don't do those things, then ultimately I don't think we should let them participate."

If that happens, Tyren Jones might put up some impressive statistics.

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