Auburn RB on dismissal: "The football players are not happy with this"

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Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Senior running back Jovon Robinson has been dismissed from the team on Wednesday as Auburn started their first fall practice of the season.

Robinson is not happy about the dismissal, and he believes that the Auburn coaching staff disrespected him.

"Everything about (the) Auburn coaching staff is not what it seems," Robinson said to "Just because I don't walk around with (a) fake smile, they feel like they (can) say or try to force anything. I was stereotyped and disrespected. The football players are not happy with this."

Johnson denied a report by ESPN's Brett McMurphy that he was dismissed because of missed classes and "continued inattention to detail in everything."

"Did not meet expectations of what it takes to be an Auburn Tiger," Malzahn said to reporters according to

"Anytime you have to dismiss a player, it’s tough as a coach," Malzahn said. "This is a team, and this year, there will be no distractions. You always feel bad if someone is dismissed."

"I don't want to go back and forth," Robinson said. "If he feel(s) like the team is better without me maybe it wasn't meant to be."

Malzahn did not go into any detail for the reason for the dismissal.

Robinson had an ankle injury early last season according to multiple reports but came on strong and had several 90+ yard games at the end of the season as he rushed for 639 yards and three touchdowns in 2015 and was MVP of the Birmingham Bowl.

The new starting running back might be Kerryon Johnson who had 52 carries for 208 yards last season.

To make matters worse, Auburn freshman WR Kyle Davis is out indefinitely with a foot injury.

So, will the recent dismissal lead to a chemistry problem between the Auburn players and the coaching staff or will it help them form a closer bond together?

#2 Clemson will open the season with SEC foe Auburn on Saturday, September 3 at 9:00 p.m. EST.

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