Michigan defensive tackle Mazi Smith charged with carrying concealed weapon

Michigan Wolverines defensive lineman Mazi Smith (58) rushes on defense during a college football game against the Illinois Fighting Illini on November 19, 2022 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire via Get

Two days before the University of Michigan will play in the Big Ten Championship game, co-captain Mazi Smith was charged with weapons charges after an incident in October in Ann Arbor.

Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit said Smith had a gun when he was pulled over Oct. 7. However, he was not arrested, so charges weren't immediate. 

Savit would have had 48 hours to make a charging decision had Smith been arrested. Smith was charged Nov. 30. 

During Smith's arraignment Thursday, his attorney said he was in the process of getting a concealed pistol license when he was stopped. He has since received the license, the attorney said. Smith's bond was set at $5,000 personal recognizance. 

The senior defensive lineman has played in every game for the Wolverines, including the next day's game on Oct. 8 against Indiana. For the season, he has 44 total tackles and one total sack. 

No. 2 Michigan plays Purdue on Saturday for the Big Ten Championship in Indianapolis.

According to Michigan Athletic Director Wade Manuel, Smith will continue to play.

Manuel released a statement:

"We are aware of the charge against Mazi from a traffic stop back in October. 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."

Football coach Jim Harbaugh also released a statement: 

"I have respect for our judicial process, and with that respect brings confidence that a fair and just resolution is forthcoming. Mazi’s character and the trust that he has earned over the past four years will continue to be considered throughout the process."