Alabama's Cam Robinson arrested on felony charge

Alabama offensive tackle Cam Robinson, shown here celebrating a field goal in last year's Iron Bowl win at Auburn, was arrested early Tuesday morning in his hometown of Monroe, La.

Alabama star offensive tackle Cam Robinson and Crimson Tide reserve safety Laurence "Hootie" Jones were arrested early Tuesday morning in their hometown of Monroe, La.

Both junior players were charged with possession of narcotics and possession of a handgun in the presence of narcotics, which are misdemeanors. The 6-foot-6, 327-pound Robinson also was charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm.

Robinson has started all 29 games at left tackle the past two seasons for the back-to-back Southeastern Conference champions and was an All-SEC selection last season when the Crimson Tide won their fourth national title in seven years. He is the No. 7 overall prospect for the 2017 NFL draft according to longtime ESPN analyst Mel Kiper.

"We are aware of the situation involving Hootie Jones and Cam Robinson and are in the process of gathering facts to determine what internal action needs to be taken," Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said in a released statement.

According to the police report, officers pulled up to Robinson's automobile at a Forsythe Park parking lot in Monroe and smelled marijuana. They approached the vehicle and spotted a handgun in the passenger's lap and a bag of marijuana on the floor of the driver's side.

A stolen handgun was found under Robinson's seat.

Robinson was the nation's No. 1 tackle in the 2014 signing class and racked up 46 knockdown blocks last season. He did not go through spring practice due to a shoulder injury suffered last season but drew Saban's praise for being a leader from the sideline.

"He definitely has leadership qualities," Saban said during a news conference in late March. "He's got sort of the alpha dog personality that you really like in a leader. Some guys are willing to take that responsibility. He seems to be doing that."

Jones, ESPN's No. 3 safety nationally in the 2014 class, has appeared in 16 games the past two seasons.

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