No. 4 – Trey Smith, Offensive Line
One could argue that Trey Smith should be ranked higher than number four. And, I could not disagree to a point. There is no doubt Smith is the best player on the roster. He honestly could be one of the top five best players in the entire SEC.
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However, the number four ranking comes from the poor offensive line play from the entire group. No matter how good Smith is, he can not block the entire defense. Well, maybe against a sorry defense like West Virginia who gave up 31.5 points per game last season. A Mountaineers defense that gave up 34 to Kansas, 36 to Baylor (who was 1-11), and 50 to Oklahoma State.
Smith was the only Tennessee player that made one of the first three All-SEC preseason teams, which was much deserved but extremely strange.
The former number one ranked prospect out of Tennessee is coming off an injury but should be okay for the start of the season. Of course, the Vols are going to need Smith to stay healthy and play to his All-SEC level, but even a mediocre Smith is better than most offensive linemen in the SEC.