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2 Tennessee football OL preseason All-Americans according to Sporting News

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Bill Bender of Sporting News released the outlet’s preseason All-American team for 2020 Thursday, and two Vols offensive linemen made the list. Senior guard Trey Smith was a first-teamer, and transfer junior Cade Mays was a second-teamer.

Mays, who came from the Georgia Bulldogs, expects to receive an eligibility waiver to play this year. Smith shocked the world by choosing to return for his senior season earlier this year. Here’s a bit of what Bender wrote about Smith as a first-teamer.

It is true that Tennessee football has a shockingly deep offensive line this year. In his three years on Rocky Top, Smith has started two full seasons at guard. Both times, he earned First-team All-SEC, and he also was a Freshman All-American in 2017.

The one year Smith didn’t earn All-SEC, in 2018, he moved over to left tackle while adjusting to the pro-style offense that Jeremy Pruitt brought in. However, he still likely would have earned such honors if his season was not cut short due to the blood clots in his lungs.

Simply put, Smith provides an insane level of talent and versatility that very few linemen across the country provide. This will be the first time since he arrived on Rocky Top that he takes over the same position the same system for a second straight year. As a result, the potential is through the roof for the 6’6″ 335-pound Jackson, Tenn. native.



Trey Smith and Cade Mays were the Tennessee football Volunteers offensive linemen. From having a historically bad offensive line in 2018 to one that had to...


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