Tennesee QB Hooker to miss rest of season
Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker will miss the rest of the season after injuring his left knee late in the Volunteers’ loss to South Carolina.
Tennessee announced Sunday that Hooker had a torn ACL and thanked the fifth-year senior transfer from Virginia Tech for being part of the Volunteers’ resurgence.
Hooker has been one of the best quarterbacks in the country and a leading Heisman Trophy contender as the Volunteers (9-2) became a surprise entry into the College Football Playoff race. They started the season 8-0 and were ranked No. 1 in the first CFP rankings before falling to Georgia 27-13.
The Vols were No. 5 entering Saturday’s game against the Gamecocks.
Hooker threw 27 TD passes and just two interceptions this season, directing the highest scoring team in the country at 46.5 points per game.
Hooker came to Tennessee in 2021 after three seasons at Virginia Tech and didn’t win the starting job initially last season. He ended up throwing 31 TD passes and helping the Vols to a 7-6 season under firstyear coach Josh Heupel.
This season, Hooker and the Vols really took off. He finishes with 3,135 yards passing and another 430 yards and five TDs rushing.
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