Barring “something unforeseen,” Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said Jacques Smith likely would not miss any playing time as punishment for his Sunday morning arrest on simple assault.
The Vols freshman defensive lineman was issued a warrant, turned himself in and was released on $2,000 bond. Smith apologized to his teammates in a Monday morning meeting for defensive linemen, junior Malik Jackson said.
"That happened this weekend and we just got together this morning and there's a lot of rumors and stuff," Jackson said. "Jacques got in front of us this morning in the (defensive) line room and apologized, told us what happened.
"As far as the team goes, there's not too much discussion about it."
The 18-year-old Smith's bond and arraignment hearing is scheduled for Nov. 10 in Knox County Sessions Court.
The victim, 21-year-old Brandon Allen, said he had yet to hire an attorney, but planned to. Allen was previously identified as “Allen Lewis” because of an error on the Knoxville Police Department news release.
“I just want to move on from it,” Allen said. “I don’t want to get mad again.”
Allen declined any further comment on the matter.
The site of the incident, New Amsterdam, 1836 Cumberland Ave., was incorrectly identified as "RT Warehouse" in the KPD news release.
Allen, who was allegedly punched in the head from behind by Smith, told police officers that he sustained memory loss after the incident, according to a warrant obtained today by the News Sentinel. Allen, whom Smith allegedly punched and kicked as he lay on the ground, also required stitches to a finger and other medical treatment for a concussion.
Dooley declined Monday to comment any further about the incident than he did Sunday on his weekly teleconference.
“I think what’s been out is out, and it was an unfortunate incident, it was an isolated incident, it was an incident where Jacques got a little emotional over a girl and our players did the right thing to defuse the situation,” Dooley said. “It’s not any more complex than that. It’s been happening since Adam and Eve, I guess."
Dooley said the Vols do not have a curfew and did not indicate that he would be enforcing one in the near future.
"Do I have concerns about it? Of course I would if it was my child, and Jacques is like my child," Dooley said. "We don’t have a curfew, we ask them to use good judgment and he didn’t use good judgment.”
Smith, an Ooltewah native, has seen action in all eight games this season and is considered one of the Vols' most promising freshmen. The News Sentinel ranked Smith as the No. 1 prospect in the state of Tennessee coming out of high school.
Smith was suspended one game during the state playoffs last season for punching a teammate.