A day after getting snubbed by ESPN’s Freshman All-American team, standout freshman offensive lineman Trey Smith got some vindication.
USA Today Sports put out their Freshman All-American list on Tuesday, and the Vol lineman made their list. Smith joined three other SEC players on the team and was Tennessee’s only selection.
“The future is bright for Smith, who started his freshman season at right guard but shifted to left tackle in November to become the first UT rookie to start on the blind side in at least 30 years,” the article states about Smith. He was the only offensive lineman to start all 12 games for the Vols this season, and he graded out exceptionally all season.
Smith can add this All-American honor to his already impressive list of accolades. Smith was named a second team All-SEC player by both the AP and Coaches selections and was named an All-SEC Freshman by the SEC as well.
Smith came into this season as a highly-touted five-star prospect out of high school. He began the season at right guard but was moved over to tackle as the season progressed because of the rash of injuries Tennessee suffered all along the offensive line. Smith shined as a freshman, particularly in run blocking.