The college career of FIU senior tight end Jonnu Smith, the team’s premier offensive player over his four seasons and easily the Panthers’ best 2017 NFL Draft prospect, ended on Halloween when his girlfriend doused him with boiling water. According to the arrest affidavit, Smith suffered severe burns on his head, neck, back, a shoulder and an arm.

Miami Gardens resident Mary Gaspar, five months pregnant with Smith’s child, was charged with aggravated battery. Gaspar has been released on a pre-trial release order.

The early 2017 NFL Draft projections have Smith as either a late round pick or undrafted free agent. He made the midseason John Mackey Award (Best College Tight End) watch list in 2014 and 2015 and the preseason Mackey Award watch list in 2015 and 2016.

The arrest affidavit said Gaspar gave this account at Florida International University police headquarters:

The two argued through the day over the attention Smith was paying her and their relationship. While in Smith’s dorm room and “feeling extremely emotional and stressed,” she told police, she boiled a pot of water. Then, she walked over to Smith and poured it on him.

When Smith didn’t react strongly enough for her, she started hitting him with her open hands, she told police.

The extent of the burns aren’t known, but Smith has been seen back on campus even though he’s not fit for the football field.

The 6-3, 232-pound Smith from Ocala West Port High finishes his FIU career fifth in career receptions (175), career receiving yards (1,936) and third in touchdown catches (17). He holds the FIU records for touchdown catches in a game (three) and a season (eight), sharing the latter with wide receiver Thomas Owens.

Smith quickly shined as a freshman amid FIU’s dismal, abysmal 2013 offense. While FIU went

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