Tennessee Vols morning report: Trey Smith staying, more transfers added

Offensive lineman Trey Smith staying with the Tennessee Vols and new transfers being added lead our Volunteers news for Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.

Happy Friday! It is indeed a happy Friday for Tennessee Vols football fans given all the good news that has been part of the program in recent days. We just can’t seem to stop covering it, as more and more things happen each day.

Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with the big decision by one Vol to announce that he’s staying for his senior season. However, we also have news of a transfer being officially enrolled and another guy, a third transfer of the week, heading to UT.

Simply put, it continues to be a big moment for football. Other news includes a men’s basketball press conference and building on a recap of a women’s basketball win. But let’s start things off with the football news.

Trey Smith staying for his senior season – Steve Megargee, Associated Press

In a surprise move, Tennessee Vols football offensive lineman Trey Smith announced he would return for his senior season. Smith, who started every game this past year, is a two-time All-SEC lineman who has played tackle and guard and is also noted for the comeback he made from a serious medical issue.

Blood clots were found in Smith’s lungs in February 2018, causing him to miss that year’s spring practice. He went on blood thinners and was eventually cleared but missed the final five games of that season after school officials said doctors again had found blood clots in his lungs.

Tennessee team physician Chris Klenck clarified that Thursday by saying that Smith had displayed “symptoms that were somewhat worrisome for a recurrent blood clot episode” but that additional tests have made them confident the issue wasn’t a recurrence after all.

Cade Mays arrival made officialWBIR

After news of Cade Mays transferring from the Georgia Bulldogs to Tennessee football broke on Wednesday, Jeremy Pruitt confirmed what happened Thursday. Mays, a former five-star offensive lineman, is officially party of Rocky Top, Pruitt said in a press release.

Mays’ brother, Cooper is a member of the Class of 2020 for Tennessee and his father, Kevin, played for the Vols back in the ’90s. Mays played in 25 games during his time at Georgia, earning freshman All-American honors in the process. Mays started 11 games for Georgia last season, as well as playing every position on the offensive line.

USC wide receiver joins Vols as graduate transferLucas Panzica, VolsWire.com

One day after adding Nebraska Cornhuskers transfer wide receiver Miles Jones, Tennessee football picked up another transfer receiver. Velus Jones Jr., a graduate transfer from the USC Trojans, announced on his Twitter page that he is heading to Rocky Top.

A native of Saraland, Ala., Jones was recruited heavily by Butch Jones and his staff to Tennessee, but elected to go to the west coast and play for USC. Current Tennessee wide receivers coach Tee Martin recruited Jones to Los Angeles as part of the 2016 recruiting class when Martin was on Clay Helton’s offensive staff.

Rick Barnes speaks before Thursday practice – Grant Ramey, GoVols247

Ahead of their Saturday matchup with the South Carolina Gamecocks, Tennessee Vols men’s basketball head coach Rick Barnes spoke with the media Thursday before practice. Barnes said he is still holding out hope that Uros Plavsic will receive an eligibility waiver to play. He also touted Santiago Vescovi’s early impact. Here’s a bit of what else he said.

“This time of year, you want every win you get. In the game of basketball, there is just so much that you don’t expect from teams that don’t win when you think they should or whatever.”

Kellie Harper recaps Lady Vols’ dominant win – UTSports

After a rough loss to the Kentucky Wildcats on the road Sunday, the No. 23/24 ranked Tennessee Lady Vols responded with a dominant 84-28 win in a historically great defensive effort over the Ole Miss Rebels on the road Thursday to improve to 12-3 overall and 2-1 in the SEC. Here is a bit of what Kellie Harper had to say about the win.

“I know Ole Miss has had some struggles as of late. They played hard, but I’m really proud of our players and our focus and our execution. I think our size, and our ability to contest because of our size, affects a lot of people.”