After a standout freshman season and being named to the preseason ALL-SEC first team, one Tennessee player is being tipped for a national college football award.
Tennessee sophomore offensive lineman Trey Smith was named to the Watch List for the Outland Trophy presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases on Tuesday. The Outland Trophy is awarded to college football’s best interior lineman as voted on by the Football Writers Association of America.
Smith was also named to the preseason ALL-SEC first team at SEC Media Days last week.
The Jackson, Tenn., native’s preseason awards follows a standout freshman season in 2017 where Smith captured FWAA Freshman All-American Team honors, All-SEC Second Team and All-Freshman honors from the SEC coaches and media.
He became the first Vol true freshman to start at left tackle in over 30 years when he protected the blind side against Southern Miss on November 4 in addition to playing at right guard, left guard and right tackle throughout the season.
Smith was unable to participate in spring practice due to injury, but head coach Jeremy Pruitt assured reporters at SEC Media Days that he would be ready for the start of fall practice.
The winner of the 73rd Outland Trophy will be announced during ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 6, live from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
The Vols open the season at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 1 at the Belk College Kickoff against West Virginia in Charlotte, N.C., before hosting ETSU at 4 p.m. on September 8.