The hype is getting real surrounding Tennessee football as the Vols have nine pre-season All-SEC players and one player in the top-50 players in the country.
If you’ve ever searched for a name to call your fantasy football team, you’ve likely come across Athlon Sports. Other than having funny fantasy football names, they also do a lot of preseason rankings, and Tennessee Football showed up a lot in this year’s rankings.
Athlon Sports has released its annual preseason All-Americans, All-Conference, and top-50 players in the country, and among the Tennessee football players that made the lists, offensive lineman Trey Smith headlines the group of Vols.
If you would’ve told me when I was driving to work listening to Trey Smith announce he was committing to the University of Tennessee that he would be a preseason All-American his senior year, I would’ve told you that you’d be crazy if you thought he wouldn’t be!
The one thing that Tennessee didn’t show up on that Athlon Sports recently released is their top-25 rankings where the Vols went unranked.
Tennessee had nine players listed as preseason All-SEC players, which matched LSU and Kentucky with just as many. Alabama and Georgia had the most players with 13.
Of those nine players, Trey Smith stands out, not for being a preseason All-SEC player, but for being a preseason All-American. Smith is the only Vol to be a preseason All-American, and he was also ranked in the top-50 players in the country at No. 26.
Trey Smith has become a fan favorite at Tennessee, and I would bet if you asked VolNation if there was one player they wanted to see in the NFL, most would probably say Trey Smith. If he can cap off his career at Tennessee with another great season, then that will become a reality and likely as a first-round pick.
I’m not going to lie; this got me excited to see some Tennessee football this fall. Maybe it’s my need for sports as we still only have NASCAR to cling onto until basketball or hockey comes back.
Whatever it is, 2020 will be Jeremy Pruitt’s opportunity to take another step towards building a program that can once again win an SEC Championship and a National Championship, and it looks like he should have the roster to do that.