KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s Trey Smith, a Freshman All-American in 2017, could miss part or all of spring football drills because of a medical issue, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.
Smith, a 6-foot-6, 320-pounder from Jackson, Tenn., is projected to start at left tackle for the Vols this season. Smith was the only Tennessee offensive lineman to start every game in 2017. He played four different positions in the process, starting out at guard.
The Vols are scheduled to begin spring practice on March 20. The annual Orange and White Game takes place on April 21.
Tennessee had 23 players miss last year’s Orange and White Game on account of injury. It proved to be a sign of things to come.
Tennessee had between 60-to-84 starts missed due to injuries last season — depending on if you count middle linebacker Darrin Kirkland and tackle Chance Hall, who were ruled out in August. The Vols had 17 starters miss at least one game, and only six position players started every game.
Smith has emerged as a team leader this offseason in workouts, continuing to live up to his 5-star recruiting billing.
Smith remains in good standing with the team according to the source, and he was present and taking part with Tennessee football teammates at the Special Olympics “Polar Plunge” at the UT Aquatics Center on Saturday.
The University of Tennessee has not made any official statements on Smith’s condition or status at the time this story was published.
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) February 25, 2018