Cameron Sutton announced Thursday that he will return to Tennessee for his senior season. The cornerback had been considering forgoing his final season of eligibility and entering the NFL Draft.
“I have had three of the best years of my life while being a student athlete at the University of Tennessee,” Sutton stated on his Twitter account. “And would like to continue that for one more year.”
Sutton started all 13 games for Tennessee this season at cornerback. He ranked first in the nation with 18.7-yards per punt return. He returned 25 punts for 467 yards and two touchdowns.
“I would like the time to say I feel privileged to be considered a possible 2016 NFL draft pick,” the Jonesboro, Ga., native said. “I have always dreamed about one day playing in the NFL. I have always set goals in my life and have taken pride in achieving each and everyone of them.
“Over the last couple of weeks, I have had the opportunity to discuss different options for the upcoming year with my family. During this process I have decided there are some team, academic and personal goals I would like to achieve before I take that next step. I would like to thank the University of Tennessee, my coaches, professors, teammates and the fans for always supporting me.”
Sutton is the second Vol to announce his return to Tennessee this week. Linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin also did so on Tuesday. Redshirt sophomore Alvin Kamara is still considering an early jump to the NFL. He has yet to announce his decision.