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Jim Harbaugh Makes Official Decision On Michigan Player Facing Felony Charge

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh

Jim Harbaugh

Michigan starting defensive tackle Mazi Smith was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a felony, on Wednesday.

The original offense date was Oct. 7, according to records. Washtenaw County prosecutor Eli Savit told The Detroit News the timeline from the date of the offense to when the charges were brought forward is "unremarkable."

Savit said his office received the police report on Oct. 14 and approved the request for charges on Nov. 17.

Despite the charges, Smith will continue to play.

“We are aware of the charge against Mazi from a traffic stop back in October,” Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said in a statement. “Mazi was honest, forthcoming and cooperative from the very beginning and is a tremendous young man. He is not and never has been considered a threat to the University or community. Based on the information communicated to us, we will continue to allow the judicial process to play out. Mazi will continue to participate as a member of the team.”

Smith is one of five team captains. The senior recorded 21 solo tackles, 23 assisted tackles and one sack in 12 games this season.

“I have respect for our judicial process and with that respect brings confidence that a fair and just resolution is forthcoming,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said in a statement. “Mazi’s character and the trust that he has earned over the past four years will continue to be considered throughout the process.”

Smith was named to the 2022 first-team All-Big Ten. He's helped lead Michigan, the nation's third-best rushing defense, in allowing an average 2.97 yards per rush and 84.8 yards per game.

An undefeated Michigan faces Purdue in the Big Ten championship in Indianapolis on Saturday.