Penn State reportedly dismisses receiver Devon Smith from team

Posted: June 23, 2012

Devon Smith, a senior who gave Penn State an elusive target at slot receiver in new head coach Bill O'Brien's offense, has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules, two websites have reported.

Both "Fight On State" and "Blue White Illustrated" quoted sources as saying Smith was off the team. Each said it was not clear if the dismissal resulted from Smith's arrest on misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Penn State did not respond to an e-mail seeking confirmation of the Smith move.

The 5-foot-7, 147-pound Smith was third on the team last season with 25 catches, good for 402 yards and two touchdowns. He missed much of spring practice with a sprained left foot.

But he got on O'Brien's wrong side when a March 14 search of Smith's apartment showed what Penn State police said was evidence of marijuana use.

Smith requested Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition as a first-time offender. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Wednesday in Centre County Court in Bellefonte.

O'Brien was not available for comment.

Since Smith's arrest, the coach has referred to him as "a good kid" and said he would let the legal process play out before meting out punishment, which he said would be "between Devon and myself."


Contact Joe Juliano at 215-854-4494 or jjuliano@phillynews.com, or follow him on Twitter @joejulesinq. Follow his blog, "Lion Eyes," at www.philly.com/sports/lioneyes

 

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