For the second time since becoming the head coach at Penn State, Bill O’Brien is faced with dealing with an off-field issue involving one of the players he inherited.
And, if it goes anything like the first, said player will likely become an ex-player.
According to WeAreCentralPA.com, drugs and drug paraphernalia were seized from an on-campus apartment belonging to Devon Smith and Jack Crawford. The former is a current wide receiver on the team while the latter is an ex-Nittany Lions defensive end.
University police executed a search warrant and discovered “blunts, prescription drugs, marijuana and a scale”, the website wrote. The Daily Collegian confirmed the report, adding that a grinder was found as well.
The police were notified by a school employee that the apartment was possibly being burglarized, which initially led officers to the location.
It should be noted that neither Smith nor Crawford have been charged. Yet. Obviously, the football program has not commented on the development or Smith’s status with the team.
While Smith’s 25 receptions for 402 yards were good for third on the team as a true junior last season, he’s perhaps most famous for running into Joe Paterno during a practice last summer camp, injuring the legendary head coach. Crawford started more than 30 games for the Nittany Lions the past three seasons, and is projected as a mid- to late-round possibility in the upcoming NFL draft.