Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Smith was named the 2020 Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year on Wednesday night in Texas. The award is given to the division one college football player who shows a “record of leadership by exhibiting exceptional courage, integrity and sportsmanship both on and off the field.”
That sounds a whole lot like Trey Smith.
“It’s truly an honor to be recognized as the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year, especially knowing what other great football leaders the other finalists are,” said Smith. “It’s humbling and I’m so thankful for the continued support of my family, coaches and the University of Tennessee, who are always in my corner.”
Smith put together a full season in 2019 after battling back from two stints of blood clots in his lungs. Following his incredible freshman season, Smith lost his offseason due to the issue. He fought back to return to the field, only to be shut down once again in the middle of 2018.
Once again he battled back, playing in every game for Tennessee in 2019 and returning to his dominant form. Shortly after Tennessee’s bowl win against Indiana, Smith announced that he would not enter the NFL Draft in 2020 and would instead return for his senior season.
His return keeps Tennessee’s entire offensive line in tact for the upcoming season.
Smith also received a $10,000 contribution in his name to the school’s athletic scholarship fund, which will be made by Witten’s foundation.
In addition to his accomplishments on the field, Smith is very active in the community. He’s a regular speaker to youth groups, schools and other organizations in the area. The rising senior is one of the unquestioned leaders for Tennessee, and has one final year left before becoming a pro.