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Smith carrying 'a heavy heart' after his father's death last month

Originally Published: October 24, 2007
By Chris Low | ESPN.com

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The two tattooed teardrops under his left eye are a heart-wrenching reminder.

They're Tyler Smith's way of honoring his late father, Billy, who died on Sept. 19 after a valiant bout with lung cancer. The real tears have already flowed and more are sure to follow, especially next Friday when Smith makes his Tennessee debut in the Vols' exhibition opener against California (Pa.). A week later, they face Temple in their season opener on Nov. 9.

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