AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn H-back Eric Smith has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules, the school confirmed Monday night. No further details were available.
Smith, who would have been a senior next season, had a rocky career with the Tigers, marred by an arrest for third-degree assault in August of 2009 after he allegedly knocked a fellow student unconscious with a punch to the back of the head during a fight outside an area hotel.
Smith, who was suspended for one game for the incident, was later granted youthful offender status. He served an academic suspension for the Outback Bowl following the 2009 season but returned to be a key member of the Tigers’ 2010 championship team.
Although he had only one carry and caught 5 passes for 49 yards, he was also one of the team’s top blockers, playing in all 14 games and starting five.
Smith finished his career with 182 rushing yards and one touchdown in addition to 25 receptions for 278 yards and another score.
Smiths’ departure leaves Auburn’s backfield even more in a bind. Other than Mike Dyer and Onterio McCalebb, incoming freshman Tre Mason is the only other scholarship running back on the roster heading into next season.