Altee Tenpenny was part of a 2013 Alabama recruiting class that included four top-ranked running backs – Derrick Henry, Tyren Jones, Alvin Kamara, and Tenpenny. Only Henry remains with the Crimson Tide. Kamara transferred to Tennessee and will be playing against the Crimson Tide in Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday.
Tenpenny was from North Little Rock, Arkansas. He left the Crimson Tide following the 2014 season. In his two years he had 48 carries for 218 yards and one touchdown.
Tenpenny, 20, was traveling alone when the car he was driving crashed, hitting road signs and flipping. He was ejected from the vehicle.
After he left Alabama last January, he transferred to UNLV, but had since transferred to Nicholls State. He had been dismissed from Nicholls State Monday after being arrested over the weekend on a weapons charge.
Alabama Coach Nick Saban said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Altee and his family. This is obviously a tragedy. This is a guy that was in our program and was good friends with a lot of our players. We're going to be as supportive as possible to all the people that are affected by this.”
John Garcia, Jr., who covers recruiting for Scout.com, said, “Through my interactions with Altee, who was always prompt in the interview process, he was very polite and a well put together kid. His life seemed faith-based and during his senior season of high school football I would have been surprised to hear anything really negative about him. He was very thorough in his evaluation process and seemingly cared about every option he had on the table when it came to picking a school before settling on Alabama, a decision that really pulled at him to go away from his native Arkansas. In person, he was always smiling and sort of the life of the room always around the bulk of people but never for the wrong reasons.”