Robinson's Punishment

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas starting defensive end Antwain Robinson will not be suspended following his arrest early last week on shoplifting charges, coach Houston Nutt said Monday.

Instead, Robinson's punishment will include doing extra physical drills after every practice, as well as doing community service such as picking up garbage around town, Nutt said. Robinson, who started 13 games as a sophomore last season, was arrested last Sunday for allegedly trying to steal shirts from the Dillard's department store in the Northwest Arkansas Mall. "We're going to hopefully make sure that he never makes that decision again and help him with his life. We'll see," Nutt said after the Razorbacks resumed spring practice with a two-hour session Monday afternoon. "We'll also let the legal action take its course, but we're going to do three times as much as what they say as far as their penalty." Robinson took part in Monday's practice, but he could be seen afterward running along an empty football field with several Arkansas assistant coaches watching him. Nutt said Robinson will be forced to work closely with Arkansas student life coordinator Rodger Hunter as part of his punishment. Nutt also didn't rule out the possibility of Robinson being suspended for the Sept. 1 season opener against Troy University, though that seems unlikely. "Every day he's going to be punished, and we'll see how things take. I don't know (about a suspension), that's too far ahead," Nutt said. "We'll see how he's taken as far as learning a lesson. "But every day he'll be punished physically. He'll be out there in the community, whether it's picking up trash for 10 hours -- as long as he doesn't miss class." Robinson is expected to anchor Arkansas' revamped defensive line next season. He ranked second on the team last season in sacks (8.5) and tackles for loss (14.5), and fifth in total tackles (68). Robinson, who was released after posting a $550 bond, is scheduled to appear in Fayetteville District Court on April 20. That's six days after the Razorbacks end spring practice with the playing of the Red-White game. "I was very shocked and disappointed that he did such a thing," Nutt said. "He's going to be punished severely inside this program."

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