Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Trey Smith is out indefinitely for the Tennessee football team, but that hasn’t changed his mindset or work ethic off of the field.
The sophomore spent his Tuesday morning outside of the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center, helping collect coats with Knoxville Area Rescue Ministry (KARM) for people in need.
Smith said, “I just want to let people know there’s help on the way and you will be warm this winter,” Smith said. “No one should go a winter being cold.”
KARM hosts the annual event, ‘Coats for the Cold,’ in support of collecting thousands of new or used coats in the area. KARM invites the community to donate men’s, women’s and children’s coats at KARM and Prestige Cleaner locations across the state during drive weeks every November.
For Smith, it's all about giving back to his community, “I love this city,” Smith said. “The state of Tennessee, that’s my home. I’m always going to live here; I’m always going to stay here. I love being here. Just being in Knoxville presently, I always want to give back to the community, doing anything I can, because they’ve been so gracious to me.”
On the field, Trey earned National Freshman All-America honors in 2017. A medical condition derailed his run in 2018, but again, that hasn't stopped the All-SEC lineman from making a difference for Vol nation.