Smith Earns Coaches All-SEC Honors

Knoxville, Tenn. (UT Sports)-- Tennessee freshman offensive lineman Trey Smith has been named to 2017 All-Southeastern Conference Coaches' Football Second Team, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday.
Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players. The SEC individual award winners will be released Wednesday and the All-Freshman Team will be announced Thursday.
Smith is Tennessee's first offensive lineman to earn Coaches All-SEC honors since Antonio Richardson earned Second Team accolades in 2013. On Monday, Smith was named to The Associated Press All-SEC Second Team.
The Jackson, Tennessee, native was the only Tennessee offensive lineman to start all 12 games for the Vols in 2017. He had eight starts at right guard, three at left tackle and one at left guard. Smith led the Vols in pancakes and was UT's second-highest rated offensive lineman behind only senior Jashon Robertson. Smith became the first Tennessee true freshman to start at left tackle in at least 30 years.
Smith made several highlight reels with his physical blocking style and showed the poise of a veteran player despite 2017 being his first year of college football. Smith's blocking helped pave the way for career-best seasons by running backs John Kelly (778 rushing yards), Ty Chandler (305 yards) and Carlin Fils-aime (215 yards).
Smith, who is also a candidate for Freshman All-America honors, was the No. 1 overall rated player in the nation in 2017 recruiting according to ESPN.com.