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Police: Girlfriend douses player with boiling water

MIAMI — The college career of Florida International senior tight end Jonnu Smith, the team's top offensive player over his four seasons and easily its best NFL draft prospect, ended on Halloween when police said his girlfriend doused him with boiling water. Smith suffered severe burns on his head, neck, back, a shoulder and an arm, according to the arrest affidavit,

Miami Gardens resident Mary Gaspar, five months pregnant with Smith's child, was charged with aggravated battery.

Early draft projections have Smith as either a late-round pick or undrafted free agent. He's third in FIU history with 17 TD catches and fourth with 175 receptions.

The arrest affidavit said Gaspar gave this account at FIU 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 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.

BLUE DEVILS SHOCK HEELS: Redshirt freshman quarterback Daniel Jones ran for two touchdowns and passed for another to lead host Duke (4-6, 1-5 ACC) to a 28-27 upset of No. 15 North Carolina (7-3, 5-2) on Thursday.

FRESNO STATE: Former Cal coach and Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford is taking over his alma mater as head coach. He played QB there in the 1980s. "Coming to Fresno State is coming home for myself and my family," he said. Tedford was hired as Bucs offensive coordinator in 2014 but had health issues in the preseason and eventually left without coaching a game.

Police: Girlfriend douses player with boiling water 11/10/16 [Last modified: Thursday, November 10, 2016 11:17pm]
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