We break down why Hendon Hooker should be a Heisman Trophy finalist – Update Alaba

Redshirt senior quarterback Hendon Hooker’s college career ended Nov. 19 at South Carolina.

The 6-foot-4, 218-pound quarterback suffered a season-ending injury against the Gamecocks with a torn ACL in his left knee.

During the 2022 season, Hooker led the Vols with wins against Alabama, Florida and LSU.

In 11 games this season, he completed 229 of 329 pass attempts for 3,135 yards, 27 touchdowns and two interceptions. Hooker had 430 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 104 attempts.

Despite a season-ending injury with one regular season game remaining, Hooker is a candidate for the Heisman Memorial Trophy, which is awarded annually to college football’s most outstanding player.

The University of Tennessee provided the following statistics regarding Hooker and his pursuit as a Heisman Memorial Trophy candidate and finalist.

Captain of the nation’s No. 1 total offense (540.4) and scoring offense (46.5), who ranks 3rd in the FBS in QB Passer Rating (175.51) and 3rd in the nation in yards per attempt (9 ,5).

Under his leadership, he resurrected a program that was 3-7 and in disarray before his arrival before suffering a season-ending torn ACL in his left knee against South Carolina on Nov. 19.

Leads nation in wins over current (Nov. 22) top-seven CFP teams with two and combined for 736 yards of total offense and seven touchdowns in those contests (beat current No. 5 LSU, No. 7 Alabama).

They tied for the national lead in wins over AP Top 25 teams at the time of the meeting with five and combined for 1,817 yards of total offense and 16 touchdowns in those games.

Only FBS QB in nation with 25 or more touchdown passes and two or fewer interceptions (27-2).

That season featured 3,565 yards of total offense and 32 touchdowns while facing the nation’s second-toughest schedule (ESPN FPI) and four FBS total defenses ranked in the top 25 as of Nov. 22 (No. 5 Georgia, No. 15 Alabama , No. 16 Pitt, No. 19 Kentucky) … Was 229 of 329 through the air for 3,135 yards and 27 touchdowns with two interceptions and 430 yards on 104 attempts with four scores on the ground in 11 games played.

He is fifth nationally in completion percentage (69.6), fifth in yards per play (8.23), while tied for first in 30+ Yard Pass Plays (27) and 40+ Yard Pass Plays (17).

There were 441 yards of total offense and five touchdowns in a 52-49 win over current No. 7 Alabama. He was 21-of-30 through the air for 385 yards and five touchdown passes, the most by a player against Alabama since Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel had five on Sept. 14, 2013.

Against a scoring defense currently ranked 11th in the FBS, he fired two 45-yard passes in the final 13 seconds that set up the game-winning field goal against the Tide in a legendary effort.

In a 27-point road win over current No. 5 LSU, he accounted for 295 yards of total offense and two touchdowns, including 17-of-27 passing for 239 yards. It was the Vols’ largest series win since 1940.

There were 352 yards of total offense and two touchdowns, including the game-winning 28-yard score in overtime, in the non-conference Power Five game at Pitt.

He leads the SEC in five different categories: total offense (324.1), passing efficiency (175.51), completion percentage (69.6), yards per attempt (9.5) and punts (194).

He is the second-highest rated Power Five quarterback this season according to Pro Football Focus (90.8).

Co-author of the children’s Bible book “The ABCs of Scripture for Athletes” with his brother Alston.

This story originally appeared on Vols Wire

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