Derek Dooley says Jacques Smith's second foot surgery was 'precautionary'

Derek Dooley talks to reporters before SEC spring meetings

DESTIN, Fla. — Tennessee defensive end Jacques Smith recently underwent a second foot surgery, this time on his left for a minor stress fracture, coach Derek Dooley said at Tuesday’s SEC spring meetings.

Dooley called the surgery “precautionary,” indicating that it wasn’t a necessary procedure, but one he considered an “insurance policy” for the upcoming season.

“There was enough there to say, ‘Are we willing to go into the fall and have the chance of this happening?’ ” Dooley said. “I think it’s common. And he’s such an explosive guy when he pushes off, we didn’t want to risk it (for camp or season). So we went in and put the screw in.”

Smith had one of the best springs of any UT player but missed the Orange and White Game because of an injury he sustained in his right foot.

Smith, who as a freshman in 2010 totaled 24 tackles and two sacks, was one of four Vols to receive the “Big Lick Award,” which is given to players who consistently play with the most toughness.

Smith was originally anticipated to work out to full capacity by June but is now more likely to be limited throughout the summer.

Dooley said Smith, a sophomore who is expected to be a cornerstone of the Vols’ defense in 2011, should be ready for practice in August.

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RockyTop1_old writes:

Quick healing and GBO!!

iadvol writes:

We need this guy healthy..lets make a run at the SEC East this year boys (and girls of course)!

CoverOrange writes:

UTFB has one heck of an insurance policy.

VOLliven2it writes:

Gonna need J. Smith full speed and full strength. I hope this does not set him back a lot and he is ready to go come September. Of course I want him to be practicing before that.

Orangeblood13 writes:

need Witch Doctor to do some bone healing for em
come on Witchy, what ya say?

CLEMSONVOL716WASBANNED writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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What the H-e-l-l does this have to do with this story?

Ironcity writes:

in response to CLEMSONVOL716WASBANNED:

What the H-e-l-l does this have to do with this story?

ClemsonVol no point trying to figure out the ramblings of an idiot!

Bigger_Al writes:

By definition, "minor surgery" is surgery performed on somebody else.

jrobi124 writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Look jerk, florida player did something that violated the law and team rules and it wasnt his first time in trouble. JJ has a personal issue and Dooley is given a real good player with no history of trouble the time to fix his issue. that is a caring coach. you need to support this coach he is getting program back on track if you cant wait for this rebuilding phase go support florida since you like that coaches decision.

rudy123 writes:

in response to jrobi124:

Look jerk, florida player did something that violated the law and team rules and it wasnt his first time in trouble. JJ has a personal issue and Dooley is given a real good player with no history of trouble the time to fix his issue. that is a caring coach. you need to support this coach he is getting program back on track if you cant wait for this rebuilding phase go support florida since you like that coaches decision.

"A real good player with no history of trouble the time to fix his issue"

Actually, Jackson was in the KIA in the high speed get away when they robbed two students of $3.00 from the gas station. He has been in trouble in the past!!!!

mountainbrook writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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You must be a Vandy Grad since you cannot spell curb correctly.

marnel1958 writes:

in response to rudy123:

"A real good player with no history of trouble the time to fix his issue"

Actually, Jackson was in the KIA in the high speed get away when they robbed two students of $3.00 from the gas station. He has been in trouble in the past!!!!

ACTUALLY, Jackson was a passenger in a Toyota Prius, and NO money was taken, though a couple of Cheeseburgers were held ransom. LOL

CoverOrange writes:

If your response to a troll is more than one line and isn't funny, you are wasting everybody's time. They aren't listening and we're tired of refuting the obvious.

ChattaVol1 writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Kind of threw me a curb ball on that post!!

Vol43 writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Hey stupid, yeah you CSS! Kiss MA!

SEAL_9821 writes:

I hate the thought of him missing June workouts. A month in the weight room at 100% is priceless in this league. Get well soon. GO BIG ORANGE.

Pompey writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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....what a stupid mindless post...

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to Pompey:

....what a stupid mindless post...

Vols,

I'm just coming in late on this, so skimming along I saw where the jealous one, you know the troll who can't live away from our Tennessee site, Cantstandhimself-Saban,or anyone else.....
is at it again spewing useless nothings.

What a loser this troll. However, some of you
( his fellow trolls ) may enjoy his garbage.

The rest of us just recognize the name and skip on down to something worth reading.

FWBVol writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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The last 80 years of playing football has made Vandy look weak...oh wait, they are weak.

Huttdawg100 writes:

News is breaking on Scout and Rivals message boards that Janzen Jackson will return to the football team in July.

I'm on twitter: the7maxims

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to InDestruCtible:

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Vols,

To repeat, the troll and his fellow trolls.........
which includes this jerk ( Indestructible )as well.

Volunatic writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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To the "curve"? Your Tiger High education is showing.

Volunatic writes:

in response to rudy123:

"A real good player with no history of trouble the time to fix his issue"

Actually, Jackson was in the KIA in the high speed get away when they robbed two students of $3.00 from the gas station. He has been in trouble in the past!!!!

It was a Prius, not a Kia, but close enough. However, he wasn't indicted, so he wasn't actually involved. KPD doesn't care about protecting star athletes.

gnm53108 writes:

in response to SEAL_9821:

I hate the thought of him missing June workouts. A month in the weight room at 100% is priceless in this league. Get well soon. GO BIG ORANGE.

Wont he be still able to do upper body work?

easleychuck writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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If you don't understand the issues, kindly try and keep your rambles to a minimum.

So that means you are pretty much done here, Mr.Knowledge.

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