Tennessee Coach Butch Jones offers an replace Wednesday forward of the Southern Miss sport Saturday.
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Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Smith (73) runs out of the locker room in the course of the Tennessee Volunteers vs South Carolina Gamebads sport at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, October 14, 2017.(Photo: Calvin Mattheis, Knoxville News Sentinel)
Coach Butch Jones stated on the “Vol Calls” radio present Wednesday evening that Trey Smith will begin at offensive sort out towards the Golden Eagles.
“He became more and more comfortable as practice went on today with it,” Jones stated on the radio present. “He played tackle throughout the course of training camp, and I know he’s looking forward to that.”
Smith began the season’s first eight video games at proper guard.
Jones gave Smith excessive reward throughout his opening remarks at his Monday information convention.
“One of our best players is Trey Smith,” Jones stated of the true freshman from Jackson. “Week in and week out, he plays with a high level of consistency. He plays with great toughness, great energy and everything that we talk about within our football program.”
Jones didn’t specify which sort out place Smith would begin at.
Smith practiced at left sort out throughout Tuesday’s open viewing interval, and Devonte Brooks was at proper sort out.
UT’s sport notes point out that Smith leads the staff with greater than 30 knockdowns.
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The Vols can be with out not less than one beginning sort out Saturday and maybe two. Jones stated on Wednesday that beginning proper sort out Brett Kendrick could be out with harm and that beginning left sort out Drew Richmond was questionable.
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Marcus Tatum, a backup sort out, is also out for the sport.
Brooks may be in line to begin reverse of Smith if Richmond cannot play.
Brooks, a redshirt freshman transformed tight finish, has by no means performed.
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“I’m excited to look at a few of these younger gamers play,” Jones said on the radio show. “They’ve labored exceptionally onerous. Devonte Brooks will play, and Ryan Johnson has performed a extremely good job of continuous to develop and develop and achieve some invaluable sport expertise and a few confidence alongside the way in which.”
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Johnson, one other redshirt freshman, is in line to slip into Smith’s place at proper guard and be a part of left guard Jashon Robertson and heart Coleman Thomas on the inside of the road. Johnson has performed in each sport however has but to begin a sport.
The Vols want the rearranged line to supply higher cross safety. Quarterback Jarrett Guarantano has been sacked 18 occasions prior to now three video games.
The Vols (Three-5, Zero-5 SEC) will take a four-game shedding streak into their homecoming sport towards Southern Miss (5-Three, Three-2 Conference-USA), and questions are swirling about Jones’ future.
Jones, in his fifth season at UT, fielded just a few questions on his radio present in regards to the outdoors noise.
“Everyone in our program hurts,” Jones said, “and we all know we want a win very badly. We know Vol Nation wants a win very badly. And (Southern Miss) is an excellent soccer staff, so we won’t fear about all that outdoors stuff.”