Ainias Smith arrested at DWI, weapons charges

Ainias Smith arrested at DWI, weapons charges

ATLANTA – Texas A & M’s performance at the SEC Media Days in the College Football Hall of Fame was interrupted before it started.

Texas A&M receiver Ainias Smith was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning by A&M police on charges of driving while intoxicated, illegally carrying a weapon and possessing less than two ounces of marijuana, according to the Brazos County court website.

Smith, a team leader who was to be one of three players to attend the media days on Thursday with coach Jimbo Fisher, was released on Wednesday after issuing bonds totaling $ 8,000.

He was then suspended on Wednesday from the football program according to guidelines for the athletics department, and will not participate in media days. A possible replacement was discussed later Wednesday, according to a spokesman for the school, and A & M’s representatives are expected to fly in from College Station on Thursday morning.

Smith was stopped for speeding shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday on University Drive near the Northgate bar district and arrested for DWI after failing a field fitness test, according to a statement of probable cause. A search of his vehicle then found a “rolled joint of marijuana” and a gun with a “full magazine and a round chamber” in the center console, according to the police report.

An officer then interviewed Smith at the Brazos County Jail, where he was arrested for the DWI arrest, and he refused to own the gun or marijuana, according to the report. A passenger who was released also refused to own the gun or marijuana, according to the statement of probable cause.

Smith, who journalists had come to rely on to gain insight last season, win or lose, was to appear in the final of the four media days Thursday in Atlanta with Fisher and teammates Demani Richardson and Layden Robinson.

Texas A&M wide receiver Ainias Smith was stopped at 2 a.m. Wednesday near the Northgate bar district at College Station, according to police documents.

Texas A&M wide receiver Ainias Smith was stopped at 2 a.m. Wednesday near the Northgate bar district at College Station, according to police documents.

Brazos County Jail

Smith, a 5-foot 10, 185-pound senior from Dulles High School, has more than 1,300 yards reception over the past three seasons, and has played a role as Aggies’ Mr. Everything in reception, rushing and on special teams.

By steadily going into a running role when needed, Smith has rushed 373 yards over the last three seasons, averaging 5.8 yards per carry. He is the younger brother of former NFL fullback Maurice Smith, who played for Alabama and Georgia in college and primarily for the Miami Dolphins, which spans a four-year NFL career from 2017-2020.

The arrest of Ainias Smith was disappointing for A&M fans, considering that he has developed into a team leader for the Aggies entering Fisher’s fifth season, and journalists reckoned that the stand-up playmaker would speak for the team after both victories and losses.

“Ainias makes it (look) very simple,” another A&M receiver Jalen Preston once said of Smith’s devotion to football. “He is always in his playbook and always studying, and he always knows the next step in defense. He’s making crazy plays I’ve never seen before.

“He also has a giant heart, and I love playing with him.”

Three years ago, Smith, also a safe player return, switched to running back from receiver for the 2019 Texas Bowl against Oklahoma State, after a handful of injuries and transfers at running back. He helped lead the Aggies to a 24-21 victory over the Cowboys at NRG Stadium in their hometown.

“That’s the name of the game now, you have to be able to mismatch boys and move boys around,” Fisher once said of Smith’s ability to change positions offensively. “Your good players are not only instinctive, but they have great knowledge and are very intelligent to be able to play this game today – to be able to make the most of their abilities.”

A & M’s already suspected receiving corps has been hit hard in the offseason. Fisher fired former five-star prospect Demond Demas after Demas was arrested in early March on a charge of domestic violence. The alleged victim was Demas’ then girlfriend.

Demas had already been suspended by A&M at the time because he did not attend class, according to a university official, and he was removed from the team after the arrest.

The Aggies open the season on September 3 against Sam Houston, before hosting the Appalachian State a week later. Their first real test of the season is expected to be September 17 at Kyle Field against Miami and new Hurricanes coach Mario Cristobal.

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