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Penn State Football: WR Devon Smith Leaves Team for Personal Reasons

by on June 20, 2012 6:10 PM

Updated at 7:10 p.m. June 22

Devon Smith has left the team for personal reasons, Penn State announced Friday.

Earlier at 6:10 p.m. June 20

Senior wide receiver Devon Smith has been dismissed from the football team seven weeks before training camp is set to start, according to the Penn State football website Lions247.

The report cites multiple unnamed sources, but no reason for the dismissal was given.

A Penn State spokesman said he had no information regarding a change in Smith's status with the team.

The 5-foot-7, 147-pound wide receiver was charged in April with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Penn State Police records show. He waived his preliminary hearing last month.

The citations stem from a March 14 police search and seizure of Smith's on-campus apartment.

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien said at a recent golf outing he would wait for the legal process to play out before making a decision regarding Smith's status with the team.

"At the end of the day we'll see what happens," O'Brien said. "If I have to make a discipline decision with Devon Smith, I'll keep it with Devon and I."

Smith caught 56 passes for 795 yards and three touchdowns during his first three seasons. He missed most of the spring season with a sprained left foot but was listed as a starter on O'Brien's post-spring depth chart.

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