UT Vols: Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt offers update on Trey Smith


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Here are scenes from the Tennessee Vols football practice on Nov. 7
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Trey Smith has resumed off-the-field workouts, but there’s no plan regarding a return to football as of now, coach Jeremy Pruitt said Wednesday.

Smith, Tennessee’s sophomore left tackle, is out indefinitely with blood clots in his lungs, an issue that also sidelined him throughout the spring.

Smith missed the past two games after starting the first seven. He unlikely to play again this season. Pruitt said previously that whether Smith returns to football some time in the future is up to Smith and his family.

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“We hadn’t even talked about (any plan regarding football),” Pruitt said Wednesday. “Initially, just get the issue under control, and I think our doctors have done a really good job.”

Smith joined his teammates on the sideline for Saturday’s 14-3 victory over Charlotte. Marcus Tatum started in Smith’s spot at left tackle the past two weeks.

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Tennessee hosts No. 12 Kentucky on Saturday
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Tennessee’s offensive line struggled against Charlotte. The Vols had a season-low 20 rushing yards and surrendered two sacks.

Tennessee made second-half lineup adjustments at the tackle spots against Charlotte, but the Vols project to start Tatum and Drew Richmond there again against No. 12 Kentucky on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network).

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Tennessee hosts No. 12 Kentucky on Saturday at Neyland Stadium
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“I think (the line has) practiced the right way. We practiced the right way last week, too, but it didn’t show up on the game,” Pruitt said. “Lots of times when things don’t go your way, you’ve kind of got to regroup, and you’ve got to respond.”

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