HOOVER, Ala. — Tennessee cornerback Cam Sutton lets his play speak for him. Occasionally, his teammates do as well.
“Any time you see Cam make a play, you always see me running by and talking (trash to the opposing players) for him,” Vols linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin said Tuesday at SEC Media Days. “I’m like his spokesman.”
The soft-spoken Sutton has started all 38 games since arriving on campus. In addition to his solid play at corner, he led the nation in punt return average last season at 18.7 yards per return and set a school single-season record for punt return yards with 467.
Sutton faced a decision about whether to play one more season in Knoxville, or move on to the NFL. Why did he decide to stay?
"Another opportunity to do things I love with people I love," Sutton said.
One of those people is Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs, another senior. Sutton and Jones were roommates as freshman.
"Cam Sutton is definitely the best DB I've played against," Dobbs said. "He's always in the right position; he's always making plays. It's an honor to go against him every day."
Sutton and Dobbs work together to make each other the best they can be.
"We have constant dialogue (during games and practices)," Dobbs said. "He's telling me what he sees from me that I can do better; I’m telling him. He's giving me tips; I'm giving him tips."
Sutton, Reeves-Maybin and the rest of the Tennessee defenders will be playing for a new coordinator this season. Bob Shoop was brought in from Penn State to replace Jon Jancek. What should we expect?
"In-your-face style of defense," Sutton said. "That hunger to get the ball back, cause turnovers, create havoc out there on the field."
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