Smith situation puts Vol coaches into scramble mode

Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Trey smith was on the practice field as late as yesterday preparing to play left tackle for the vols against South Carolina this Saturday night, but all that has changed.

We assume the symptoms which forced doctors to take a closer look last year resurfaced and as coach Pruitt announced Thursday, hose doctors have once again discovered blood clots in his lungs. Smith will remain in their care and is expected to make a full recovery, that is first and foremost the biggest news here, but as our media partner Brent Hubbs of Volquest.com tells us, coach Pruitt and staff have some decisions to make, "Obviously, the first priority is Trey Smith's health he's gotta be healthy and they've got to take care of him, but from a coaching standpoint and a gameplanning standpoint you're in scramble mode Wednesday night because you're trying to figure out what are we doing now? This is not just a change in the offensive line, we're taking out one of our best two linemen and taking him off the field, how are we gonna manage it? it'll be interesting after the fact to see how much they've had to adjust these last 48 hours."

When you go back and look at the West Virginia game and trey had to go out for a few snaps. It was Nathan Niehaus filling in. Now Niehaus has been playing guard on the right side, but it wouldn't surprise me if they move him over into Trey's spot. K'Rojhn Calbert is another guy who could get a look there, although he lacks the experience as red shirt Freshman.

Smith was treated for his condition with a six-month course of blood thinners, and again, was eventually cleared to return to full participation. We assume they'll treat him the same way. Right now he's listed as being out indefinitely.