Texas A&M loses WR Ainias Smith to season-ending injury

Texas A&M WR Ainias Smith will miss the remainder of the 2022 season.

Texas A&M star senior wide receiver Ainias Smith will miss the rest of the season due to a lower-body injury. Reports have indicated that he sustained a broken fibula and an ankle injury that will require surgery.

Smith was blocking on a running play when an Arkansas defender made a tackle and rolled into Smith’s legs. Replays showed the defender’s body land on Smith’s right leg, pinning it to the ground at an odd angle.

In the Aggies’ first four games, Smith led the team in receptions (15) and receiving yards (291) and had two TD catches. Over his four seasons at Texas A&M, Smith has 125 career receptions for 1,612 yards and 17 TDs. He also has 384 career rushing yards, four TDs and a 5.7 yards-per-carry average.

Smith also has 551 career yards on punt returns, averaging 8.9 yards per return with one TD.

Evan Stewart, a true freshman WR, will need to step up and take on a larger role in A&M’s offense. He has 13 catches for 141 yards and one TD in his first three career games. He missed a 17-9 home win over Miami in Week 3 while serving a one-game suspension.

Smith will have the option of returning to College Station for a fifth season, but that’s unlikely to happen. He’ll probably look to enter the NFL Draft.

Texas A&M improved to 3-1 with Saturday’s 23-21 win over Arkansas in Arlington, TX. The Razorbacks’ game-winning field-goal attempt in the final minute was no good after hitting the top of the upright. The Aggies play at Mississippi St. on Saturday, hoping to avenge a 26-22 home loss to the Bulldogs last season.

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