Players and coaches react to the death of former Alabama RB Tenpenny
The sad story of Altee Tenpenny has reached its final chapter, as the former Alabama, UNLV and Nicholls State running back perished in a car accident Tuesday night.
Tenpenny spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons with Alabama before transferring to the Rebels in May. By August, he was dismissed by UNLV and found his last team in Louisiana-based Nicholls State. Tenpenny was arrested just last weekend on charges of “possession of a firearm and discharging a weapon.”
Despite his troubled history, Tenpenny was a very popular player with several teammates and coaches. Wednesday’s reactions to the news across the SEC have been heartbreaking.
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema recruited Tenpenny – the running back was Arkansas’ top ranked prospect in 2013:
My thoughts & prayers go out to the family & friends of Altee Tenpenny with his passing.His smile and personality I will never forget.
— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) October 21, 2015
Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara, a former teammate of Tenpenny’s at Alabama:
Kamara couldn't finish his answer on Tenpenny, but readdresses it: 'Me & Altee went thru some of the same things.' Talked to him yesterday.
— Patrick Brown (@patrickbrownTFP) October 21, 2015
"What is sad is I just talked to him yesterday… It hurts me a lot." Kamara on losing friend and former teammate at Alabama, Altee Tenpenny.
— Paul Fortenberry (@Volquest_Paul) October 21, 2015
Florida head coach Jim McElwain:
McElwain on Altee Tenpenny: "It makes me sick to hear that."
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) October 21, 2015
To current Alabama players and former teammates Alphonse Taylor and Kenyon Drake:
RIP Tenpenny…. So young….🙏🏾👼🏿 I guess God needed you more than this world did…
— Alphonse Taylor (@SHANKK50) October 21, 2015
The tears never stopped since I heard the news. I couldn't sleep last night thinking about the memories we shared from when you and @last_king_2 were juniors and I was a senior in high school at the opening just competing and having fun. We became friends then and I knew both of you were going to be special then and we all came to Alabama and became brothers. Anybody who knew you knew that this smile could light up a room no matter the circumstances. We went through a lot of growing up together those two years you were on campus because we both were hard headed and always seemed to stay in some kind of trouble. But even through the bad times you always stayed the same and motivated me to be my best because you always saw the best in people. And when we hit the field it was nothing but love even though we both played the same position and were battling for playing time. The advice you gave me will forever be engrained in my memory of you because I realize now more than ever that life is too short not to keep a big smile on my face like you always had. I know you had it rough this last year bouncing from school to school and in and out of trouble but one thing we could all count on was for you to keep smiling through it all. I know we all have a angel in the sky now smiling down on us. I love you lil bro. Fly high Tee! 🙏🏾
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