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UNLV picks up Alabama transfer RB Altee Tenpenny

UNLV head coach Tony Sanchez starts off his recruiting this spring with a splash. He picks up a running back from Alabama as a transfer. Tenpenny was a four star recruit out of high school.

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UNLV football picked up a highly touted transfer from Alabama earlier this week in sophomore running back Altee Tenpenny.  Tenpenny will leave SEC country for first time after going to high school at North Little Rock (Arkansas) High School.

He could be a star running back at UNLV, he did average 144 yards per game in high school. Tenpenny also ran for 16 touchdowns and only played seven games as a senior in high school. He was a four-star recruit with Alabama. He is a very big downhill runner and can't be brought down with a one arm tackle. He also does have a lot of speed off the edge.

He did miss the Michigan State game last year after he missed a team meeting, but that does not compare to the four arrests that Alabama has had in the last month and a half.

He will have to sit this year in due to transfer rules but he will have two years of eligibility left and could make a splash at UNLV in the next couple years. Tenpenny could be the key to help UNLV's offense go to the next level once he gets on the field for the 2016 season.