Despite an extra year of eligibility that was granted by the NCAA due to the coronavirus pandemic, Virginia Tech offensive lineman Tyrell Smith hung up his football cleats in the winter, opting to remain at Virginia Tech as an assistant within the strength and conditioning program.
After continual talks with Justin Fuente and Vance Vice, those cleats have come out of retirement.
Smith has decided to return to the football team for one final season this fall. It will be his seventh collegiate football season.
A two-year captain in 2019 and 2020, Smith has played in 54 games, though he has never recorded a start during his time in Blacksburg.
A sorely needed veteran in the second OL unit, this doesn't completely fix our OL depth issues but it does help tremendously.