Alabama running back Tenpenny charged with marijuana possession

Special to the Ledger-EnquirerApril 2, 2014 

Virginia Tech Alabama Football

Alabama running back Altee Tenpenny (23) reacts after a win over Virginia Tech in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Atlanta Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Alabama beat Virginia Tech 35-10.

DAVE MARTIN — AP

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama sophomore running back Altee Tenpenny was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance during spring break, according to an incident report obtained from the North Little Rock (Ark.) Police Department.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban released a statement through the athletics department.

“I’m aware of the situation with Altee and this is obviously not the kind of behavior we expect from our players,” Saban was quoted as saying in the statement. “In addition to any punishment he may receive from a legal standpoint, we will have some internal discipline as well as education that he will be responsible for working through.”

The incident report states Tenpenny was stopped March 24 in his hometown of North Little Rock, Ark. Tenpenny was pulled over because of an “inoperational license plate light.” The arresting officer conducted a vehicle search after he detected the “odor of burnt marijuana” and found a clear plastic bag filled with 2.1 grams of marijuana. According to the incident report, Tenpenny is due in court April 10 at 9:30 a.m. Alabama is not scheduled to practice that day.

Tenpenny played in all 13 games as a true freshman with most of his work coming on special teams. He carried the ball 22 times for 82 yards and a touchdown.

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