KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Could Tennessee return a pair of all-conference performers by season’s end?
All-American cornerback Cam Sutton won’t play Saturday against Tennessee Tech, but coach Butch Jones remains optimistic the senior will see the field again for Tennessee this season.
Sutton sustained a fractured ankle against Ohio on Sept. 17
Earlier this week, Jones said Sutton, who is lightly practicing, is nearing a return.
“Timetable wise, I’ve been told he’s ahead of schedule,” Jones said.
“He’s back doing land running and he’s slowly getting back into position drills.
“When we are out at practice, he’s in the indoor working with our training and strength and staff. It’s been remarkable.”
Sutton has earned praise from coaches and teammates for his diligence in the training room and his willingness to continue to lead while off the field. The all-conference performer started all 41 games of his Tennessee career before getting hurt.
The Volunteers secondary has desperately missed Sutton’s steadiness, starting three — Malik Foreman, Justin Martin and Baylen Buchanan — different defensive backs in a search for a consistent replacement.
Jones also said redshirt junior tailback Alvin Kamara is rehabbing well from a knee injury he suffered against Alabama. Kamara, who did not play at South Carolina last weekend, has a team-high 773 total yards and 6 touchdowns this season.
“I would say he is questionable for next weekend (against Kentucky),” Jones said.
“He is doing some land running. He is doing cutting drills. Acutally, he and Cam Sutton are going through all the drills working together. They are making remarkable progress.”