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Trey Smith, Ty Chandler Earn All-SEC Honors

True freshman Trey Smith has been reeling in tons of accolades since the 2017 season ended. But one of his true freshman teammates joined him in earning All-SEC honors this time.

Football statistician Phil Steele released his All-SEC teams, and both Trey Smith and Ty Chandler made the list. Steele selected Smith as a second-team offensive lineman while Ty Chandler earned third-team special teams honors for his kick returning ability.

For Smith, this marks yet another postseason honor he’s earned over the past week. He was named a second-team All-SEC lineman by both the AP and Coaches selections, an SEC All-Freshman selection, and he also earned a spot on the USA Today Sports Freshman All-American team on Tuesday as well. Smith started all 12 games on the offensive line for the Vols and played primarily at guard before starting at tackle down the stretch.

Chandler played in all 12 games as a freshman and took over primary kick return duties after Evan Berry suffered an injury that sidelined him for the large majority of the 2017 season. Chandler returned 17 kicks for 416 yards, giving him a 24.5 yard per return average. He took the opening kickoff of Tennessee’s match-up with Indiana State 91 yards for a touchdown and became the first true freshman for Tennessee to return an opening kickoff for a score since Leonard Scott returned the opening kick 100 yards for a touchdown against Georgia in 1999.

Chandler also finished his freshman campaign with 71 carries for 305 yards and two touchdowns, adding 10 receptions for 108 yards as well. He ran for 120 yards in Tennessee’s 29-26 loss against Kentucky and became the first Vol true freshman to run for 100 yards in a game since Jalen Hurd did so multiple times in the 2014 season.

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