Geno Smith

Alabama defensive back Geno Smith during practice in New Orleans leading up to the Sugar Bowl. Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star

TUSCALOOSA — Alabama defensive back Geno Smith released a statement Saturday night on his Twitter account, apologizing after he was arrested Saturday morning and charged with driving under the influence.

"I apologize to the University of Alabama, the football program and all the Alabama fans," Smith posted online. "I have made an awful decision on my part. Moving forward I am praying to make better choices and decisions. So learn from my mistakes and misjudgement! I know I have lost respect from alot of Alabama fans and thats understandable but I will be better from these events in my life!"

He was released from jail Saturday, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's office website. Smith’s bond was set at $1,000.

Smith, a rising senior, was also arrested and charged with DUI in August of 2013. At the time, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban suspended Smith for the season opener against Virginia Tech while adding that Smith had some “other things to do in house.” During that time, Saban also mentioned that other than the arrest, Smith was an “excellent person” who had “never been in trouble here before, never been in my office for anything.”

Smith was not present during Alabama’s practice Saturday. A spokesman for Alabama’s athletics department said Saban would not comment on the matter Saturday as he gathers all of the details. Saban is scheduled to speak with reporters following Alabama’s practice Monday.

Spokesmen for both the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s office and the Tuscaloosa Police Department said Smith was arrested by the University of Alabama Police Department. A message was left with UA spokesperson Deborah Lane, but was not immediately returned.

Smith, an Atlanta native, started in six of the Crimson Tide’s 14 games in 2014. He played mostly at the star position — the fifth defensive back in nickel and dime packages — but also saw time at free safety.

Smith finished fifth on the team with 56 tackles (31 solo stops). He also had 3.5 tackles for loss, one pass breakup and one forced fumble.

With Nick Perry graduating, Smith was projected to start at free safety this fall with Laurence “Hootie” Jones expected to take over at strong safety for Landon Collins.

With Smith absent Saturday, rising senior Jabriel Washington stepped in at free safety. Other options at the position include junior Maurice Smith, sophomore Jonathan Cook and January enrollees Ronnie Harrison and Deionte Thompson. Safety is one of the Tide’s thinnest positions.

Sports Writer Marq Burnett: On Twitter @Marq_Burnett.

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