Cameron Sutton, a freshman defensive back for Tennessee, had a tough day in the team's loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday.
The Commodores went almost the length of the field to score a touchdown in the final seconds to win the game, which also ended Tennessee's chances of becoming bowl-eligible.
Mike Strange of Go Vols Xtra reported that the DB was greeted with a death threat following the game after being picked on during the drive and allowing a couple of big plays. Head coach Butch Jones didn't elaborate on the threat, but there was no need to do so anyway.
College football has become more popular than ever before, and with popularity comes passion from the fans who enjoy the games on Saturday. Unfortunately, some fans don't know how to control their emotions and can sometimes step out of the field of play.
There are few programs that have a fanbase as passionate as Tennessee's. And, sure, it does stink to come up short of the postseason for the third straight season. But a death threat?
There's simply no place in the game for that nonsense. Key word: game.
These are kids who play a game that just so happens to entertain you. They aren't getting paid to be out there on the field and are certainly going to make mistakes like the rest of us. The players also know when they mess up and are usually more critical of themselves than the fans could ever be. Death threats are the last thing needed.
For the record, Sutton has surpassed expectations this season, as he's seventh on the team with 36 tackles and tied for second with two interceptions.
Tennessee didn't lose the game because of Sutton. Like any win or loss, it was a team effort. The young defensive back didn't throw three interceptions or convert only four of 13 third-down attempts on offense.
If everybody played better, Vanderbilt wouldn't have had a chance to win the game on the last possession.