Bret Smith arrested

This has not been a good week for former University of Tennessee wide receiver Bret Smith. First, he was not picked up in last weekend's National Football League Draft. Then he WAS picked up by Knoxville police.

According to a report in today's editions of The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Smith was arrested and booked Wednesday night on charges of evading arrest and leaving the scene of an accident. The article says his 1999 Mercury Marquis hit an embankment at around 4:40 Sunday morning, then veered into a tree and a retaining wall at a Knoxville residence.

According to the police report, Smith fled the scene on foot. No injuries were reported, and no determination has been made as to whether Smith might have been driving under the influence.

Tabbed a Parade All-American following his senior season at Warren (Ark.) High School in 2002, Smith caught 39 passes for 453 yards and five touchdowns – all career highs – as a Vol senior last fall. Things have gone downhill for the 6-3, 190-pounder since the regular season ended, however.

He was ruled academically ineligible for the Outback Bowl, causing him to miss what should've been his final college game. Then came the auto accident, the snub from the NFL, followed shortly thereafter by his arrest.

Coincidentally, former Warren High School teammate Roshaun Fellows was dismissed from the Vol squad last month following an undisclosed violation of team rules. Fellows started 12 games at cornerback in 2004 and 2005 before missing the 2006 season following surgery on a strained pectoral muscle. He was a second-teamer coming out of spring practice.

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