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TUSCALOOSA — Alabama's Keith Saunders was seen practicing with the linebackers Tuesday as the Crimson Tide goes through its first week of spring drills.

Last season, Saunders started 10 games at defensive end, finishing with 16 tackles and one sack.

Saunders will see snaps at outside linebacker during spring drills.

Also, Alabama released its official spring roster, and two players who were on the Tide's list at the end of last season were missing — tight end Cole Harvey, who redshirted in 2006, and offensive lineman Justin Moon.

True freshmen on campus: Part of Nick Saban's first recruiting class was on the practice field Tuesday. Defensive back Kareem Jackson from Fork Union Military Academy was sporting the No. 3, previously worn by safety Jeffrey Dukes.

Jamar Taylor, a running back from Lakeland, Fla., was practicing with the Tide as well.

- Josh Cooper, Daily Sports Writer


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas defensive end Antwain Robinson, arrested earlier this month on a misdemeanor shoplifting charge, will be required to perform community service as part of punishment meted out by the football program, coach Houston Nutt said Monday.

Robinson, a starter at defensive end in 13 games last season, was arrested March 18 at a Dillard's store in the Northwest Arkansas Mall at Fayetteville.

"I was very shocked and disappointed," Nutt said Monday as players returned to the practice field after spring break. "He is going to be punished severely inside this program. We are going to make sure that he hopefully never makes that decision again. Every day he is going to be punished and we'll see how things take."

Nutt said Robinson would be referred to Rodger Hunter, the university's student life coordinator, who would work out a schedule of community service for the athlete.

In practice Monday, Robinson didn't work out with the first-string defense, and did extra conditioning drills after the session. Nutt declined to say if Robinson would miss any playing time in games next fall, saying "that's too far ahead."

Police say Robinson was accused of taking two shirts valued at $64.

Defensive tackle Marcus Harrison could miss five to six months of conditioning, practice and games with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Harrison hurt his left knee at practice Monday and had an MRI on Tuesday. He also has torn cartilage and a bone bruise. The expected recovery period extends into August and possibly the start of the 2007 season.

"It's bad news," coach Houston Nutt said. "We are hopeful that he'll be ready for next season. I know he's done for the rest of the spring."

Harrison will have surgery in the coming weeks.

Arkansas' defensive line already must replace senior Keith Jackson and junior Jamaal Anderson, who declared early for the NFL draft.

Harrison started five games as a junior in 2006. He had 42 tackles and 11/2 sacks.

The Razorbacks practiced for about two hours in full pads Tuesday.

- The Associated Press

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