Freshman Tailback Jovon Robinson Ineligible

Running back Jovon Robinson will not be playing for the Auburn Tigers this season, but Coach Gene Chizik said that there is a possibility that will happen in the future.

Auburn, Ala.--Running back Jovon Robinson has been ruled academically ineligible to play football for Auburn this fall.

Coach Gene Chizik said on Friday night after practice that Robinson is very disappointed about the news. He will not be allowed to attend Auburn this semester because he not an academic qualifier.

Chizik said the tailback still wants to play for the Tigers and the door is open for him to play for AU in the future. Options include going to prep school this fall or attending junior college. If he attends prep school he could play at Auburn as soon as 2013. If he attends a junior college, it would be the 2014 season before he could play for the Tigers.

Robinson has been held out of practice for a week since Auburn officials learned there was a possibility his transcript at Wooddale High in Memphis had grade changes to make him eligible to compete in football. He enrolled at Auburn this summer as a freshman and took classes and did offseason workouts with other members of the football team.

Jovon Robinson is shown at an Auburn practice.

Robinson was one of five tailbacks on the Auburn roster this preseason and the only tailback signee in AU's 2012 recruiting class. He was a U.S. Army All-American as a senior.

He participated in Auburn's second scrimmage on Wednesday, August 8th, but has not practiced with the team since then.

Two other members of the signee class, tight end Darrion Hutcherson from Dadeville High, and wide receiver JaQuay Williams, have not been cleared academically to join the team and are still waiting in hopes of that happening in the coming days.

The Tigers are scheduled to open the season on Sept. 1st vs. Clemson.


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