Butch Jones was impressed with how Cam Sutton continued to lead the team after his injury against Ohio, the coach said Monday.
The star defensive back will be out for "an extended period of time" with a fracture in his ankle. However, he kept the team focused just one day after his injury, Jones said.
"The first person in the training room on Sunday morning was Cam Sutton," Jones said. "And the last person to leave the training room was Cam Sutton. 'Cause he wanted all our players to know that this week football continues on and he's going to support them and be with them and he was in as good of a mood as you could possibly imagine."
Jones has seen Sutton develop from a freshman in 2013 to a team captain in his senior season with the Vols.
"To me, that speaks volumes about Cam Sutton's mentality, his love for this football team, and just his leadership," Jones said Monday. "Been really proud of him. He has really grown into the leadership role that we've asked him to do and even moreso. Just him doing that has set the overall temperament."
In other injury news, Jones also said he expects star linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin will be ready to play for the Florida game after hurting his shoulder against Ohio. Linebacker Quart'e Sapp is out for the year with an ACL injury. Jones also said offensive tackle Chance Hall would practice Monday, and defensive end LaTroy Lewis could return for the Florida game.