The University of Tennessee received excellent news today when Trey Smith, their best player, was cleared for full contact today.
Smith had missed all workouts, practices, and the spring game while dealing with blood clots in his lungs. He was prescribed to anticoagulants, which hampered his ability to participate in full-contact drills.
But you can’t keep players like him down for long and once they are ready to go - they’re READY to go.
So yeah, Trey Smith wasn’t messing around today. Didn’t hear anybody yelling “Finish!” on that rep. pic.twitter.com/09LmqnA45k— David Ubben (@davidubben) August 21, 2018
It’s pretty obvious that he is ready to get on the field and knock the crap out of someone.
This is a look of a dude who's been waiting nine months to hit somebody. Trey Smith, working at LT, appeared full-go today. Interestingly, with Smith at tackle, Jahmir Johnson was getting lots of work at left guard. pic.twitter.com/jq4BBORB3z— Jesse Simonton (@JesseReSimonton) August 21, 2018
Now that the Vols have their best player back, it will be interesting to see how this offensive line develops throughout the year. What once seemed as an ever-developing project now has the look of a unit that could be an integral piece in 2018.
Smith is undoubtedly one of the best - if not the best - offensive linemen in the country. His absence was a concern at one point, but that faded today once he took the field.
The Vols will need all of the help they can get this season and this is a great start.