KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Before the Tennessee football program moves past an October that featured no wins, there's one more bit of bad news for the program.
According to police reports, freshman defensive lineman Jacques Smith was charged for simple assault.
According to a Knoxville Police Department report, the victim, Allen Lewis, was dancing with a female just after 2:00 a.m. at RT Warehouse (located on Cumberland Avenue) when he was hit in the head from behind by Smith.
The victim then said he fell to the ground, where Smith continued by kicking and punching him. Lewis required stitches to his finger and other medical treatment for a concussion.
Smith has since been released on $2,000 bond. He was removed from the inmate listings at the Knox County Detention Facility around 5:45 p.m. Sunday.
According to Tennessee spokesperson Jimmy Stanton, once things heated up between Smith and the student, members of the football team that were present came in and "defused the situation."
Stanton said all parties left the scene on their own accord without major injuries and then several hours later the student and his mother decided to press charges against Smith.
Dooley said in his teleconference that he's not sure the incident with Smith is a "cultural issue," adding that his team has come a long way in how it handles itself off the field.
As for any potential punishment, Dooley said the matter, right now, will be handled internally.
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Smith was a four-star recruit out of Ooltewah High School. He has appeared in all eight of Tennessee's games this season, recording 18 total tackles with three of them for a loss.
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