There is early injury news to report in the Tennessee-Ohio game as a key member of the Volunteers’ defense had to be helped off the field in the first half. Starting cornerback Cam Sutton will be sidelined for the rest of Saturday’s game against the Bobcats as a result of an ankle injury.
Sutton appeared to suffer the injury in an attempt to make a shoestring tackle, instantly leaving the game to get evaluated by the Tennessee training staff. The loss is major setback for a Tennessee defense that was already without starting middle linebacker Denver Kirkland for today’s game against Ohio.
Cam Sutton goes down. Ankle being checked https://t.co/aNMmHI1ShA
— Matt Johnson (@MattJ_CRCSports) September 17, 2016
A senior leader, Sutton’s presence in the Volunteers’ secondary is crucial to the team’s success as their most talented and experienced cornerback. His 39 games played and seven career interceptions would be hard for the program to replace, so expect this injury scare to put fear into the hearts of Tennessee fans as they await a further report on the cornerback’s status.
While Sutton is out, the Volunteers’ replacement for their starter is a freshman cornerback with very little experience under his belt. True freshman defensive back Baylen Buchanan will now be handed a big opportunity to impress as the next man up for the Volunteers. However, it remains to be seen as to how the Tennessee defense performs without Sutton as a big game against Florida looms next week.
It is also worth noting that Tennessee was light at the cornerback position heading into Saturday’s matchup as well as Malik Foreman was suspended for one game after he violated team rules.