Trey Smith Grades Out as One of Best Freshman in College Football

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    Vol fans already know that Trey Smith was a standout true freshman during the 2017 season. But now there’s tangible proof in the form of a grade for Vol fans to point to as well.

    The college division of Pro Football Focus recently graded all the true freshmen across college football, and Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Smith earned one of the top 10 best grades in all of college football.

    Smith is one of two SEC players on the list, joining LSU cornerback Andraez Williams inside the top 10. Smith is one of three offensive linemen on the list as well. Northwestern’s Rashawn Slater and Louisville’s Mekhi Becton also made the top 10.

    Though Smith graded out as one of the best freshmen in the league this season, that apparently wasn’t good enough for him to land a spot on ESPN’s Freshman All-American team. But he’s earned plenty of other honors to make up for that one.

    Smith was named a second-team All-SEC lineman by the AP, Coaches, and Phil Steele and was named to the USA Today Sports Freshman All-American team.

    Smith was the only offensive lineman to start all 12 games for the Vols this season. He started primarily at guard but made starts at tackle down the stretch as the Vols dealt with a multitude of injuries and attrition along the offensive line.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.