Tag:Robby Green
Posted on: June 28, 2011 8:19 pm

Safety Green latest roster casualty at Alabama

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Another player has departed the Alabama roster, Nick Saban announced today, but this one doesn't come as anything of a surprise.

Senior safety Robby Green was officially dismissed by the Crimson Tide this afternoon, ending a tumultuous career that saw the New Orleans product start six games as a sophomore but then miss the entire 2010 season through NCAA suspension. After being suspended again (this time by Saban himself) this past spring, few expected Green to ever see the field again for the Tide; today's announcement simply made those expectations official.

With only one year of eligibility remaining -- his missed season through suspension does not count as a redshirt -- Green may be forced to transfer outside the FBS to continue his playing career.

Saban also announced that two players, redshirt freshman receiver Keiwone Malone and redshirt sophomore defensive end Darrington Sentimore, had been suspended indefinitely for the ubiquitous "violation of team rules." The Tuscaloosa News reported last week that Sentimore was already exploring transfer options and would be leaving the roster shortly.

Green is the fifth Alabama player to officially depart the Tide program this offseason (following B.J. Scott, Corey Grant, Demetrius Goode and Petey Smith), with Sentimore and fellow defensive lineman Brandon Moore (widely expected to be transferring to community college) likely the sixth and seventh. More could be on the way, too; based on the class-by-class breakdown of the Tide's roster here, Alabama may still have as many as 89 scholarship players* before expected medical redshirts for players like Kerry Murphy and Kendall Kelly.

*18 seniors, 17 juniors, 20 sophomores, 13 redshirt freshmen and 21 true freshmen, assuming Moore and Sentimore are gone and the original post is accurate.

Posted on: March 22, 2011 11:40 am
Edited on: March 22, 2011 11:42 am

Tide's Green suspended again

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Yesterday's first day of spring practice at Alabama also meant Nick Saban's first spring meeting with the media, and he surprised no one by stating that recently arrested All-American safety Mark Barron would be punished "internally" after lying to police officers.

But that wasn't the only news Saban delivered:
Alabama senior Robby Green was not at practice Monday after he was suspended by the team for violating team rules and policies, Saban said.

"We'll see where that takes us down the road," Saban said. "That's all I'm going to say about that. Any other discipline that's going to be handled with any one of these players will be handled internally and will not be talked about publicly."
 When all is said and done, it's unlikely a first-time offender (and critical defensive leader) like Barron misses any time this fall, or even much this spring. (He participated fully in the first day of spring drills.)

But with Green, it's a different story; though a major contributor at safety in the Tide's run to the 2009 national championship, he was suspended for the entirety of the 2010 season for NCAA-related violations. Few players get so much as a second chance after that kind of misstep under Saban, much less the third Green will now apparently require.

Until Saban says otherwise, the safe assumption is that Green is still a member of the Crimson Tide and is on track to take the field this fall. But the Tide have also once again signed more players this past Signing Day than they would appear to have room for under the 85-scholarship limit, and will likely see an offseason roster exodus similar to those of the past three summers in Tuscaloosa.

If that does prove to be the case, Green has positioned himself as one of the most likely candidates to look for a less suspension-hampered college football home.

For more on the Tide's spring practice, check out our Alabama Spring Practice Primer .

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