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

According to the Brazos County Justice website, Texas A&M wide receiver Inias Smith was arrested early Wednesday by A&M police on charges of drunk driving, illegal possession of a weapon and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana.

Smith, the team leader who was scheduled to be one of three players scheduled to attend Thursday’s media days along with coach Jimbo Fischer, was released on Wednesday after posting bail totaling $8,000.

He was subsequently suspended from the football program on Wednesday in accordance with athletics department policy and will not attend media days. A possible replacement was discussed later Wednesday, according to a school spokesperson, and A&M representatives are expected to fly in from College Station Thursday morning.

Smith was pulled over for speeding shortly after 2:00 a.m. Wednesday on University Drive near the Northgate Bar District and arrested for drunk driving after failing a field sobriety test, according to a probable cause statement. According to a police report, a search of his car found a “rolled marijuana joint” and a pistol with “a full magazine and cartridge” in the center console.

The officer then interrogated Smith at the Brazos County Jail where he was taken to be arrested for drunk driving, and according to the report, he denied having a gun or marijuana. According to the probable cause statement, the released passenger also denied possession of weapons or marijuana.

Smith, who reporters have come to rely on for last season’s win or loss, was due to appear in Thursday’s Media Days Four Finals in Atlanta, along with Fischer and teammates Demany Richardson and Leiden Robinson.

Texas A&M wide receiver Inias Smith was pulled over at 2 a.m. Wednesday near the Northgate bar district in College Station, according to police records.

Brazos County Jail

Smith, a 5’10” and 185-pound senior from Dulles High School, has gained over 1,300 receiving yards over the past three seasons and has played the role of Mr. Aggie on receiving, rushing, and on special teams.

Smoothly transitioning into running back when needed, Smith has rushed for 373 yards over the past three seasons, averaging 5.8 yards per carry. He is the younger brother of former NFL quarterback Maurice Smith, who played for Alabama and Georgia in college and primarily for the Miami Dolphins during a four-year NFL career from 2017 to 2020.

The arrest of Inias Smith was a disappointment to A&M fans, given that he had turned into team leader Aggie entering Fisher’s fifth season, and reporters were counting on the stand-up playmaker to speak for the team after wins and losses.

“Inias makes it (look) really easy,” fellow A&M member Jalen Preston once said of Smith’s dedication to football. “He is always in his textbook and always learning and he always knows the next step of defense. He makes crazy games that I’ve never seen before.

“He also has a huge heart and I love to play with him.”

Three years ago, Smith, also a solid punt returner, switched to running back from wide receiver at the 2019 Texas Bowl against Oklahoma State after several injuries and running back passes. He helped the Aggies to a 24-21 victory over the Cowboys at NRG Stadium in his hometown.

“Now it’s called a game, you have to be able to mismatch the guys and move them,” Fischer once said of Smith’s ability to skillfully change positions on offense. “Your great players are not only instinctive, but they have a lot of knowledge and are very smart to be able to play this game today – to be able to use their abilities to the maximum.”

Already suspected of taking over, A&M Corporation was hit hard in the offseason. Fisher fired former five-star prospect Demond Demas after Demas was arrested in early March on domestic violence charges. The alleged victim was Demas’ then-girlfriend.

According to a university spokesman, Demas had already been suspended from A&M for not attending classes at the time, and after his arrest, he was expelled from the team.

The Aggies will open their season on September 3 against Sam Houston and host Appalachia a week later. Their first real test of the season is expected to take place on September 17 at Kyle Field against Miami and new Hurricanes coach Mario Cristobal.

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