Cam Sutton earned Freshman All-SEC and Freshman All-American honors in 2013 after an outstanding start to his collegiate career. He was credited with 39 tackles, nine passes defended (team high), two interceptions (One for a TD against WKU and the other being the only one that South Carolina’s Connor Shaw would throw all season), two fumble recoveries, 4 tackles for loss, and a sack.
Not bad for a 3-star player from Jonesboro, GA.
Cam burst onto the scene in 2013 as a true playmaker in the Vols’ secondary. He was one of the few bright spots for a defense that had its fair share of struggles during a 5-7 season, and he looks poised to take the next step in 2014.
In something of a surprise, Sutton was left off of all three levels of the All-SEC defensive teams when the media voted in Hoover last week. My guess is they are singing a different tune by the end of the season. I think the Vols will have an improved pass rush this season and Sutton should benefit greatly from quarterbacks making throws his way while under pressure. I’ll say he at least doubles his interception total from last season and makes a few more plays behind the line of scrimmage.
Also, if spring practice was any indication, expect Cam to get a look at punt returner. He had an electrifying 70+ yard return during a scrimmage last April where he showed flashes of – dare I say it – Cordarrelle Patterson. Cam’s no CP, but even Flash would have tipped his hat to the youngster for that one.