Butch Jones joked that he was glad he didn’t need a bullet-proof vest to speak to the Knoxville Quarterback Club on Monday.
But Tennessee’s first-year coach revealed freshman cornerback Cameron Sutton received a death threat after the Vols’ 14-10 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday night.
Vandy drove 92 yards in the final minutes, including a key pass reception by Jordan Matthews to set up the game-winning touchdown.
Jones did not elaborate on the death threat.
Asked why freshman quarterback Riley Ferguson has not played, Jones said the Vols learned before the Alabama game that Ferguson had a broken tibia bone in his leg.
Jones was also asked about a burgeoning recruiting class that currently stands at 33 commitments, three over the maximum allowed.
“If I can find a way to sign 35,’’ Jones said, “I’m gonna sign ’em. It’ll all work out.’’
He said he expects 14 to 16 early enrollees in January.