Penn State wide receiver Devon Smith has been dismissed from the team, Lions247 learned on Wednesday. Multiple sources have confirmed that Smith will not return for the 2012 season.
The 5-foot-7, 147-pound Smith, of White Plains, Md., caught 54 passes for 790 yards and three touchdowns during his first three seasons at Penn State, playing in every game over his final two seasons. He was second in the Big Ten in punt returns with a 12.9-yard average as a sophomore in 2010, and also returned kickoffs.
Smith's playing time this spring was curtailed by a foot injury. He was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in April. Penn State coach Bill O'Brien was asked about Smith's status with the team on several occasions during the spring and said each time that it was an in-house matter.
"I'm going to let the legal process play out a little bit," O'Brien said earlier this month. "There's two sides to every story, and I stand behind Devon Smith. At the end of the day, we'll see what happens. If I have to make a disciplinary decision with Devon Smith, I'll keep it between Devon and I."
On the most recent depth chart, released earlier this month, Smith was listed as the No. 1 at one of the wide receiver positions. Redshirt sophomore to be Alex Kenney was listed as the No. 2.
Smith signed with Penn State in 2009 out of Westlake High School in Waldorf, Md. Coming out of high school he was among the fastest football recruits in the nations.
He is the second team member dismissed from the team this summer, joining cornerback and classmate Curtis Drake.
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