Michigan DT Mazi Smith faces felony weapons charge

Michigan starting defensive tackle Mazi Smith is facing a felony weapons charge over an incident that occurred in October in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Charges for carrying a concealed weapon were filed Wednesday for the incident that occurred on Oct. 7. The reason for the delay in charges being filed was not reported.

That particular charge is punishable by not more than five years imprisonment or by a fine not more than $2,500.

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said in a statement that Mazi, a senior, will “continue to participate as a member of the team.”

“We are aware of the charge against Mazi from a traffic stop back in October,” Manuel said in the statement. “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.”

Mazi has 43 tackles in 12 games this season for the No. 2 Wolverines (12-0), who play Purdue (8-4) in the Big Ten championship game Saturday.

“I have respect for our judicial process and with that respect brings confidence that a fair and just resolution is forthcoming,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said in a statement. “Mazi’s character and the trust that he has earned over the past four years will continue to be considered throughout the process.”