Vols’ ALL-SEC lineman out indefinitely with blood clots in lungs

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The University of Tennessee announced Thursday that All-SEC offensive lineman Trey Smith will be out indefinitely after blood clots were found in his lungs. 

Tennessee head football coach Jeremy Pruitt announced Thursday that sophomore left tackle Trey Smith will be out indefinitely after physicians discovered blood clots in his lungs on Wednesday. 

He is expected to make a full recovery. 

“The most important thing is for Trey to be able to get healthy,” Pruitt said. “He has been an outstanding student-athlete during my time here on and off the field. Our sole focus for Trey is on his recovery. We are thankful that our medical staff discovered this and is getting him the proper treatment.” 

Smith was named to the Watch List for the Outland Trophy presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. 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 2018 SEC Media Days. 

The Jackson, Tenn., native’s preseason awards followed 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 in addition to playing at right guard, left guard and right tackle throughout the season. 

Smith was cleared by doctors to play football in 2018 after being diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs last February. He was treated for his condition with a six-month course of anticoagulants and he returned to full participation in practice in August. 

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