Perhaps Ainias Smith has finished his career in College Station.
Ainias Smith, a star wide receiver for the Texas A&M Aggies, may be leaving the team.
Smith broke his fibula on Saturday during the Aggies’ 23-21 Southwest Classic victory over then-ranked No. 10 Arkansas, ending his season. On Monday, Smith will take a flight to Birmingham, Ala., where he will have surgery to fix the injury.
Close friend of the Smith family here and I've confirmed that the Aggies have lost Ainias Smith for the year but hopefully back in time for pre-draft workouts. Dude played his ass off in Maroon & White and will be a hell of a pro 👍🏼 https://t.co/Iavy1SRTat
— Billy Liucci (@billyliucci) September 25, 2022
A&M’s Max Johnson, under centre, faced a second-and-10 in the waning seconds of the third quarter and tried to pick up the first down. Attempting to leave before the designated time.
Afterwards, Johnson rolled over Smith’s ankle.
If Smith were to get hurt, the A&M medical team would have to help him off the field. He would leave the medical tent and be spotted on the sidelines, crutches in one hand and a medical boot in the other.
Coach Jimbo Fisher of Texas A&M said after Saturday’s game that the team didn’t know the extent of the injury and that he will be tested more when the Aggies got back to College Station.
In spite of A&M’s 8-4 record in 2021, Smith, a major leader and offensive focal point, decided to return for his senior year. He has become Johnson and Haynes King’s go-to target on the Aggies’ offence.
Smith caught a total of 17 passes for 291 yards and two scores in those four games. The 5-10, 190-pound receiver had one catch for 32 yards on Saturday before leaving the game.
Due to Smith’s season-ending injury, the No. 17 Aggies (3-1, 1-0 SEC) will have to rely on their younger receiving corps to step up. Yulikeith Brown, a sophomore, and Moose Muhammad III, a sophomore, both have slot experience.
Meanwhile, since moving to Aggieland, rookies Chris Marshall and Evan Stewart have been training with the starting offence.
The No. 12 player in SI All-American, Stewart, has lived up to expectations in all three of his games. Stewart has caught 13 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown this season.
Fisher remarked, “Evan’s improving all the time.” “He has the potential to become a fantastic athlete. He has a lot of energy and is able to make plays, both on defence and offence. He has a formidable capacity for introspection. The list of things he can accomplish is long.”
— Cole Thompson (@MrColeThompson) September 25, 2022
Smith must now decide what he wants to do in 2023. Smith was given a super senior season to play in because of the COVID-19 epidemic, which allowed all athletes to keep their playing eligibility intact. He may take a chance on himself and enter the NFL draught.
Given that Smith may not be able to fully recuperate in time to participate in the NFL Combine and Texas A&M’s Pro Day, this setback may influence his decision on his future. The date of the 2023 NFL Draft has been planned for April 27-29.
If Smith’s time as an Aggie ends here, he will have amassed 1,612 receiving yards and 17 touchdown catches. He will leave the programme with the 10th-most receptions and the 9th-most receiving touchdowns in programme history.
“Every man prepares like he’s the guy,” Johnson remarked. We lost Ainias Smith, a key cog in our offensive, but the young guys stepped up and did a tremendous job.
On October 1 at 3 p.m., the Aggies will be on the road to face Mississippi State at Davis Wade Stadium.