Former Alabama running back Altee Tenpenny, ranked the nation’s No. 3 running back and 46th overall prospect for the Class of 2013 by Tom Lemming of MaxPreps and the CBS Sports Network, announced on Instagram on Monday night that he was transferring to UNLV.
According to the website AL.com, Tenpenny, whose account @tmaneee_28 is private, posted on Instagram: “Let’s go Tenpenny” sign with a caption of “Next stop! #thenewera #unlv #rebels”
The 6-foot, 212-pounder from North Little Rock, Ark., High School rushed for 136 yards on 26 carries in 12 games last season as a sophomore. Prior to that, Tenpenny rushed for 82 yards and one touchdown on 22 attempts in 2013.
Tenpenny, who runs the forty in 4.69 seconds and has been compared to former Alabama star Trent Richardson, had his share of off the field issues with the Crimson Tide. He was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance in his hometown of North Little Rock during spring break in 2014 after being pulled over for “an inoperational license plate light.”
According to the incident report, the officer detected “the odor of burnt marijuana” and Tenpenny, described as “extremely nervous” by the arresting officer, told the officer he “smoked a blunt” earlier in the night but initially denied having any drugs in the vehicle. A search ultimately unveiled a plastic bag filled with 2.1 grams of marijuana and Tenpenny admitted to knowing of its existence. He was then transported to the police station where he was released with a citation.
Tenpenny also didn’t dress for Alabama’s key 25-20 win over then-No. 1 Mississippi State last November when he angered Tide head coach Nick Saban by showing up late for a team meeting.
Tenpenny will have two years of eligibility remaining after redshirting in 2015. UNLV coach Tony Sanchez, per NCAA rules, can’t comment on the transfer until Tenpenny officially enrolls in classes at UNLV this fall.
NFL DRAFT: UNLV once again was blanked when it came to having players picked in the NFL Draft over the weekend. The Rebels haven’t had a player chosen since offensive lineman Joe Hawley went in the fourth round to the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth round of the 2010 draft.
However, four Rebels well be heading to camps as undrafted free agents. Offensive lineman Brett Boyko and wide receiver Devante Davis both signed contracts with the Philadelphia Eagles while corner Kenneth Penny landed with Cleveland and defensive end Josh Shirley inked with the Oakland Raiders.
SANCHEZ FOOTBALL CAMPS: Sanchez will he directing a series of football camps in June on the UNLV campus.
There will be two sessions of Skills Camp offered (June 7 and 14), a Youth Camp (June 11-12) open to those entering grades 3-8 in fall 2015, a 7-on-7 Team Camp (June 13), a Big Man Camp (June 13) and a Specialist Camp (June 25) that will include punters, kickers and long snappers. All but the Youth Camp are open to those entering grades 9-12.
Prices and further information can be obtained at TonySanchezFootballCamps.com.