Vols Lineman Trey Smith Feels Safer on Campus Despite Episodes of Blood Clots


Trey Smith has done his homework and knows that blood clots are among the potential side effects of COVID-19. The preseason All-American guard already has dealt with blood clots in his own college career. Smith believes that keeps him safer than other 21-year-olds on college campuses. Smith says a regular person is at higher risk for a blood clotting disorder than he is due to the medication he currently takes. Smith’s health history could’ve allowed him to opt out after announcing in January his intentions of playing his final season at No. 15 Tennessee. But he’s eager for the season.

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.