LSU defensive lineman Maason Smith is out for the rest of the 2022 season after he suffered a torn ACL early in Sunday's loss to Florida State, according to Julie Boudwin of Rivals.
He's expected to have surgery in the coming weeks.
Smith had to leave the first quarter of the game after injuring his left knee while celebrating a tackle.
The sophomore was excited on Florida State's first offensive drive of the game and appeared to land awkwardly in his jubilation. You can see him immediately grab his knee below:
Maason Smith injured himself while celebrating... pic.twitter.com/N9k8cFeczF
— Mr Matthew CFB (@MrMatthewCFB) September 5, 2022
Smith was checked out in LSU's medical tent on the sidelines and then walked back to the locker room. The frustration on his face was evident as he had a slight limp on the trip back through the tunnel.
He didn't return to the field during the first half and when Smith emerged from the locker room after halftime he was on crutches.
Smith was one of the best freshmen defensive linemen in the country in 2021. He had 19 tackles, five tackles for loss and four sacks in nine games.
The Houma, Louisiana, native was one of the best recruits in the class of 2021. He was the top-ranked defensive lineman in the class and the No. 2 prospect in the country. Texas QB Quinn Ewers was the only player ranked ahead of Smith in Rivals’ rankings and he skipped his senior season of high school to enroll early at Ohio State.