Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Razorbacks defensive end Smith arrested on warrant
Christopher Smith, an Arkansas defensive end, was arrested on Wednesday.
FAYETTEVILLE Christopher Smith, a defensive end on the University of Arkansas' football team, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for failure to appear in court.
A warrant for Smith's arrest was issued on July 31 after he missed a July 18 date in Farmington City Court for a speeding ticket. He was arrested by Fayetteville police early Wednesday and released from the Washington County jail at 4:11 a.m. after posting $415 bond.
Smith was pulled over May 4 on U.S. 62 in Farmington and issued a ticket for traveling 64 mph in a 45 mph speed zone, according to Chad Parrish of the Farmington Police Department.
The 20-year-old UA junior has a hearing scheduled in Farmington City Court on Friday and a court date scheduled for Dec. 19.
Smith is the seventh Razorbacks football player to be arrested in 2012, and first since May. Five of the six players previously arrested this year are no longer on the team.
Arkansas coach John L. Smith said Wednesday he had met with Chris Smith about the arrest and the defensive end will play in the Razorbacks' game against Kentucky on Saturday.
Asked to explain the reasoning, Smith said, "We'll get that handled."