Michigan DT Smith facing felony weapon charges

Michigan starting defensive tackle Mazi Smith is facing felony charges for carrying a concealed weapon, according to court documents.

The alleged offense occurred Oct. 7, but the charges were not filed until Nov. 30 in the 15th District Court in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The charges are punishable by imprisonment for not more than five years or by a fine not more than $2,500.

Smith, a senior, is being represented by attorney John Shea.

The alleged offense occurred the day before Michigan played against Indiana, a game in which Smith participated and recorded five total tackles.

Michigan did not respond to a request for comment.

Smith has played in all 12 games this season for the No. 2 Wolverines and has accumulated 43 total tackles in Michigan’s undefeated season. The team is set to play against Purdue in the Big Ten championship and has a very good chance of making it to the College Football Playoff.

Smith is also ranked as a top-five defensive tackle in the upcoming NFL draft by ESPN NFL draft insiders Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay.

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