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Former Alabama football player joins West Georgia

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Former Alabama linebacker Tyler Hayes, who was dismissed shortly after being charged with second-degree robbery in February 2013, has joined West Georgia’s football program.

Hayes, along with former South Florida defensive back Josh Brown and former Mississippi State signee Jordan Washington, signed with West Georgia, the Div. II school in Carrollton announced this week.

“I’m really excited about all three of these guys coming to join us,” West Georgia coach Will Hall said in a statement. “All were highly recruited out of high school and bring tremendous talent at linebacker, corner and defensive line, and they will definitely help us in our pursuit to become bigger and faster on defense than we have been in the past.”

Hayes played mostly on special teams for Alabama as a freshman in 2012. He was charged with two counts of second-degree robbery when he allegedly joined a few of his teammates in two separate muggings of Alabama students just weeks after the 2013 BCS National Championship, according to al.com.

Hayes was dismissed from Alabama shortly after the incidents, along with teammates D.J. Pettway, Eddie Williams, and Brent Calloway. Pettway has since returned to Alabama.

Hayes spent last season at Butler junior college in Kansas.

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