Texas A&M lead wide receiver Ainias Smith will miss the rest of the season with a leg injury, coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday.
Smith, a senior, suffered the injury while blocking in the third quarter of Saturday’s win against Arkansas. Fisher would describe Smith’s injury as just a lower body, but Smith’s father, Maurice, told the Bryan College Station Eagle that Ainias suffered a broken leg. Smith leads Texas A&M with 15 receptions for 291 yards and two touchdowns.
“Diversity and leadership and experience,” Fisher said when asked what Texas A&M would miss most if he lost Smith. “But he’ll be there to help and mentor these guys and that’s the best he can do. He’s a unique player, he’s a unique competitor and I love him dearly. It’s just an unfortunate situation.”
Smith has 127 career receptions for 1,612 yards and 17 touchdowns and 384 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 67 carries. He served as captain in 2021 and has started in each of the games for the past four seasons. Smith could return to Texas A&M in 2023 due to additional eligibility granted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ESPN ranks Smith as the 114th overall pick for the 2023 NFL draft.
https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/34673218/texas-aggies-lose-top-wr-ainias-smith-season-ending-leg-injury Texas A&M Aggies lose top WR Ainias Smith to season-ending leg injury