Tennessee Football has two players named Preseason All-Americans by Sporting News ahead of the 2020 season as the accolades continue.
Tennessee football is going to have some pretty high expectations this year with its current roster. The Vols have a couple of projected first-round picks and two Preseason All-Americans. With Sporting News’ newest first and second-team Preseason All-American lists.
Unsurprisingly, Trey Smith was named a first-team All-American by Sporting News. This is something that most people have come to expect. Smith was a five-star offensive lineman coming out of high school and continues to prove why he was so highly rated.
"“Smith is one of the better stories in college football. He overcame blood clotting that threatened his football career, and he’s shown the ability to be both a guard and tackle for the Vols. He can play either position at a high clip, and that should help an improving program in 2020,” Bill Bender of Sporting News wrote."
Smith is the only first-team Preseason All-American on Sporting News’ list, and that can be said for most other lists, too.
The other Vol that has been listed as a Preseason All-American is offensive lineman Cade Mays. Out of high school, the Knoxville native committed to the University of Georgia but recently transferred back home to the University of Tennessee.
It looks like that transfer will play out very well in Jeremy Pruitt’s favor if he can have two Preseason All-Americans on his offensive line.
Mays made Sporting News’ second-team with two other SEC lineman beside him, including former teammate Trey Hill.
Even though Tennessee only has two Preseason All-Americans, that’s two more than I expected for the Vols to have when Pruitt was announced as Tennessee’s head coach.
The Vols have something special being built at Tennessee. Pruitt is building a program that we haven’t seen in a long time, and it looks like it’s already starting to pay off.