KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee wide receiver Tyler Byrd went viral when he called out South Carolina cornerback Rashad Fenton on Twitter.
Byrd, a sophomore wide receiver with 2 catches in 2017, questioned Fenton’s prowess as a lockdown cornerback. Fenton didn’t offer much of a response on Thursday, though his teammates certainly spoke up for him.
Fenton did his talking in the Gamecocks 15-9 win over the Vols on Saturday afternoon at Neyland Stadium.
“At first it did,” he said, when asked if the twee provided any extra motivation. “A lot of people just took that – everybody was talking about it. But at the end of the day, you’ve got to come on the field and perform.
“And it’s just funny, because he didn’t even play today, so it’s kind of amazing.”
Fenton, who had 3 tackles against Tennessee, entered play with only a handful of passes completed against receivers he’s covering. It’s rare that passes are even throw his way.
“I kind of don’t even think about it too much,” Fenton said. “I just think about what I’ve got to do, to keep a perfect technique, but sometimes I do get mad though.”
The junior from Miami, Fla. “just sometimes” wishes more ball were thrown to the receivers he’s matched up with in coverage.
“At the end of the day, I just got to do what I’ve got to do,” he said. “Whatever happens, it’s in God’s hands. I’ve just got to keep going.”
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