Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt announced late last week that offensive lineman Trey Smith is out indefinitely after doctors rediscovered blood clots in Smith’s lungs.

Smith, who missed all of spring practice and most of fall practice due to the blood clots, was working as Tennessee’s left tackle in 2018. Which meant he was tasked with protecting Jarrett Guarantano’s blindside.

The Tennessee signal caller paid Smith a special tribute on Saturday night in the Vols’ loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks.

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This just goes to show how close this UT team has become through some tough times and transitions.

It would be easy for a lot of these guys to throw in the towel and just “get through” their time at Tennessee.

But the bulk of the Vols’ roster is full of kids who are tough competitors.

Two of those toughest competitors, without a doubt, are Guarantano and Smith.

It was extremely touching and refreshing to see Guarantano’s tribute to his teammate.

As for Smith’s future, Pruitt wouldn’t comment much on Saturday night after the South Carolina game. Tennessee’s head coach called Smith’s situation “bigger than football”, while adding that a return to the field would be up to him and his family.

Featured image via Randy Sartin/USA Today

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