Penn State football coach Bill O’Brien announced Friday that wide receiver Devon Smith has left the program for personal reasons.
O’Brien listed Smith as a first-team wide receiver in a depth chart released earlier this month. Smith caught 25 passes for 402 yards last season. He was Penn State’s second-leading returning receiver behind Justin Brown.
Smith, a senior from White Plans. Md., was arrested by university police and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in April. The charges stemmed from a March 14 incident at Nittany Apartments.
Smith waived his right to a preliminary hearing and applied for the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program on May 30.
Penn State officially removed Smith from the roster late Friday afternoon.
State College High School graduate Alex Kenney was listed behind Smith on the depth chart. Kenney, a sophomore, missed the Blue-White Game because of a knee injury.
Juniors Shawney Kersey, Brandon Moseby-Felder and Christian Kuntz, sophomore Allen Robinson and red-shirt freshman Matt Zanellato are other wide receivers listed on the depth chart. Brown and Robinson are listed as first-team wide receivers.
Penn State’s freshman class, which arrives on campus Sunday, includes four wide receivers: Eugene Lewis, Malik Golden, Trevor Williams and Jonathan Warner. Lewis and Golden, who are both 6-foot-2, are candidates for early playing time.
The 5-foot-7, 147-pound Smith was one of Penn State’s top returning big-play threats. He started six games last season and caught three passes of 40 or more yards. Smith, who made 12 career starts, missed most of spring practice with a foot injury.
Dom Zacarrelli, who coached Smith at Westlake (Md.) High School, said Friday evening he had not spoken with Smith about his reasons for the leaving the team.
Smith is the second prominent player to be removed from the roster in the past month. Cornerback Curtis Drake was dismissed from the team for academic reasons.
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