Smith, a 2009-12 Mississippi State letterman, was shot to death Friday night in his hometown of Meridian. According to the Meridian STAR newspaper, the MPD was called at 11:00pm about the shooting.
A member of Meridian High School’s 2008 high school state championship team, Smith was part of Coach Dan Mullen’s first Mississippi State recruiting class.
“We are shocked and saddened by the tragic passing of Chris,” Mullen said in a provided statement. “Our entire Mississippi State football family mourns his loss. Chris was an important part of our first recruiting class and helped set the foundation for our success.
“He was a terrific teammate and his work ethic was impeccable. He earned his way onto the field as a true freshman in 2009 and later received his degree from Mississippi State. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family and friends.”
Smith arrived along with the new coach finding a receiver corps in need of immediate rebuild, so he saw immediate playing time as a 2009 freshman. Smith would go on to play in 48 career games with 109 catches for 1,180 yards and five touchdowns. He still ranks #10 in career receptions at Mississippi State.
He played for teams which appeared in the Gator Bowl after both the 2010 and ’12 regular seasons; and in the 2011 Music City Bowl.
As a senior he was second on his team in receiving with 47 catches, most thrown by his former high school teammate Tyler Russell; for 564 yards and two touchdowns. In his junior season Smith led the Bulldogs with 35 catches, for 330 yards and two scores.
Mississippi State plans to issue a statement from Mullen later Saturday. The head coach is on summer break following his appearance Tuesday at SEC Media Days, and ahead of the August 1 reporting date for his 2017 Bulldog team.