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Cole Cubelic names Trey Smith the top tackle in the SEC

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Smith has barely even played tackle at the college football level, but that didn’t stop one SEC analyst from naming him his top tackle in the Southeastern Conference.

Cole Cubelic placed Smith at the top of his tackle rankings entering 2018, despite not knowing for sure where the star sophomore will line up this season. The former No. 1 overall recruit was rated as a tackle coming out of high school, for what that’s worth.

Smith started the bulk of his games at guard as a freshman, providing Tennessee with a legitimate bright spot in the darkest of seasons. With a new staff in place, Smith’s position is still up in the air.

Jeremy Pruitt wouldn’t say where they plan on playing him just yet. Smith missed all of spring with blood clots—an issue he’s since had treated and is nearly recovered from. He’s been present at Tennessee practices, but hasn’t gone full-contact yet. That, according to Pruitt, will come sometime next week.

When Smith does return, it would make sense for him to play at left tackle. That’s typically where your most gifted athletes end up on the offensive line. It’s also where the money is at the NFL level. However, Tennessee might elect to keep him at guard considering their roster numbers at guard and tackle.

Wherever the staff puts Smith, Pruitt says they’d like to keep him there to develop chemistry. At tackle or guard, Smith will remain the most talented player on the roster until he leaves Knoxville for the NFL.