Hooker Picks Up Additional Trio Of Weekly Honors

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee redshirt senior quarterback Hendon Hooker added three awards to his long list of weekly honors for the 2022 campaign, claiming Reese’s Senior Bowl Offensive Player of the Week, Manning Award Star of the Week and Davey O’Brien Award Great 8 List recognition after his performance against Missouri on Saturday.

Also collecting SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors Monday afternoon, the Volunteer signal caller has racked up 19 weekly awards over the course of the fall.

Playing his final game in Neyland Stadium, Hooker accounted for 405 yards of total offense and four touchdowns as the Vols polished off an undefeated home slate with a 66-24 win over the Tigers. Mizzou entered the game with the nation’s No. 13 total defense (304.1), and Tennessee set a school record with 724 yards of total offense, while the 66 points were also the most ever by the Vols in an SEC game, breaking the previous mark of 65 set at Vanderbilt on Nov. 26, 1994.

The Greensboro, North Carolina, native completed 25-of-35 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns with no picks in the air and added 50 yards rushing, a touchdown on the ground and multiple highlight-reel runs, including a 28-yarder on a third-down play in the third quarter. Hooker became the first UT player with 350 or more pass yards, three or more pass touchdowns and a rush touchdown in the same game since Tyler Bray accomplished the feat against Cincinnati on Sept. 10, 2011.

Hooker moved into fifth place in UT career touchdown passes with 55, and he also rushed for a touchdown and passed for a touchdown in the same game as a Vol for the ninth time. Against Missouri, he fired touchdown passes of 19-yards, 68-yards and 2-yards, while adding a 14-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Additionally, Hooker moved into second place in the FBS in QB passer rating at 181.81.

A midseason first team All-American and semifinalist for the Maxwell Award, Hooker is a two-time Reese’s Senior Bowl Offensive Player of the Week and has been recognized as a Manning Award Star of the Week and Davey O’Brien Great 8 List member four and five times this season, respectively.

Seeking 10 wins in the regular season for the first time since 2003, the Vols (9-1, 5-1 SEC) head to Columbia, South Carolina, this weekend to take on the Gamecocks (6-4, 3-4) inside a sold-out Williams-Brice Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN.

-UT Athletics

Vols QB Hendon Hooker / Credit: UT Athletics

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