Trey Smith won’t be the only talented offensive lineman back on the field in preseason camp after missing months with an injury.

Junior Chance Hall has been cleared to practice in preseason camp after missing all of last season and spring camp while dealing with a knee issue, and first-year Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt said he was happy to relay that information.

“Chance has been released [for contact],” he said. “He’s gonna be practicing.”

Hall — who usually starts when he’s healthy but often struggles to stay healthy — had injury issues as a true freshman in 2015 and again in 2016, and those issues caused him to miss the beginning and end of his sophomore season. That recurring knee issue lingered throughout the following offseason, and he redshirted in 2017 while hardly (if ever) practicing.”

Pruitt said he was happy to see Hall return after being “adamant” that he planned to do that, but he said managing the big Virginia native’s reps would be carefully monitored in the coming days and weeks.

“You’re talking about a guy that didn’t play any football last year and didn’t participate in the spring,” Pruitt said. “He started this summer working, and he’s progressed his way into being able to practice. I think just being smart, it wouldn’t be smart of us to throw him out there and he takes every rep every day. I think we’ll work our way in with him. We have a plan with our training staff, the reps that he’ll take.”

The 6-foot-5, 328-pound Hall emerged as a potential recruiting coup during his first season with the Vols, and his ability hasn’t been questioned since that point. His durability — not his toughness, but his durability — has been the issue.

Hall played in 10 games and started seven times as a true freshman in 2015, and he was named to the 247Sports Freshman All-America Team, the Scout Freshman All-America Team, the Sports News Freshman All-America Team and the All-SEC Freshman Team. He then played in six games a sophomore, starting all six times but missing games at the front end and back end of the season.

Pruitt — who came to Tennessee in the offseason after serving as defensive coordinator at Alabama, Florida State and Georgia — said in April that he didn’t know much about Hall’s story but was pleased to see how “adamant” Hall was about returning to the field.

That didn’t change over the summer, and now Hall will have a chance to earn back his spot on an offensive line that suffered through a miserable 2017 season.

“I know he’s really itching to get going,” Pruitt said. “But we have a plan and we’re gonna execute that plan.”

Tennessee’s preseason camp is scheduled to start Friday afternoon at Haslam Field, and the Vols will have an open practice and fan day on Sunday at Neyland Stadium.