Former Alabama running back Altee Tenpenny has left the program and will continue his college career with the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels. Tenpenny made the announcement on his Instagram.
The young man from North Little Rock, Arkansas will now look to get a fresh start out west after two underwhelming years with the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. Over that stretch, he ran for just 218 yards and one touchdown on 48 carries.
He’s also going to be leaving a program that has won national championships three out of the last six seasons for one that has a first-year head coach fresh from the high school ranks in Tony Sanchez, not to mention one that went 2-11 last year and hasn’t won a bowl game since 2000.
Moreover, Tenpenny would have been stuck behind teammate Derrick Henry on the depth chart. Considering how Henry ran for 990 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, finding playing time would have been tough.
Instead, he’ll now have a chance to stand out with a program that is fully hitting the reset button, though he’ll need to sit out a year as a transfer. No matter how you look at it, this is a move that could be great for both Tenpenny and UNLV.