That’s where Hendon Hooker ended up in Tennessee’s career and single-season scoring records

It’s the process of recovering from his knee injury and preparing for the 2023 NFL Draft Hendon Hooker, but the impact the star quarterback made on Tennessee won’t soon be forgotten. The Vols’ remarkable rise from the ashes over the past two seasons, and through 11 wins in the 2022 season in particular, hasn’t been an individual feat, but Hooker has been the catalyst thanks to his dazzling game-making on the court. and his leadership and example in setting the daily tone. The numbers don’t tell the full story of what Hooker meant to the Tennessee program, but make no mistake – the numbers are pretty impressive as he carved his name all over the Tennessee record book in such a short period of time.

Hooker left Tennessee as the holder of multiple career and single-season records and had fifth in career assists, sixth in total career offense and eighth in career rushing and career completions despite starting just 22 games over the past two seasons.

In 2022, he was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year, and a finalist for four individual awards (the Maxwell Award, Johnny Unitas Gold Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and the Manning Award) after leading college football’s #1 offense and directing. Tennessee is in the first 11 games of an 11-2 season finishing in sixth place — the program’s highest since 2001.

“In my opinion, Hendon will go down as one of the wonders – obviously a fan favorite – but he will go down as one of the greats here with what he’s done,” offensive coordinator Joey Halzel said through Interview on “Josh and Swain” on 99.1 Animal Sports in Knoxville earlier this month.

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“Statistically, yeah, statistically he’s one of the best guys ever to do it on the field, but also with what he meant for this city and this whole program to get them back in the lead. One guy doesn’t do it on his own, but the quarterback position is done.” Pushed him in front. He took it. He wasn’t ashamed of it. He fought – like people forget he never won the first contest, he never quit on the team. He just kept doing what he was supposed to do. He took his chance and ran with it, and I think that’s Which is why I think he’ll go down as one of the greats to do it here in Tennessee.”

Hooker finished 15-7 as the starting quarterback at Tennessee. During his two-year career with the Vols, he completed 435 of 632 passes for 6,080 yards with 58 touchdown passes and only five interceptions while adding 1,046 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns in 24 games. He was responsible for as many touchdowns 21 times, had at least one touchdown pass in all but one of the 22 games, and had a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown in nine games for the Vols.

Here is a summary of every place Hooker drew his name in the Tennessee Book of Records:

Program Record #1: Most passes without an interception (261)

Hooker’s streak without selection in a period ranging from the Georgia game in November 2021 to the Alabama game in October 2022. It is the third longest streak in SEC history, after Kentucky. Andre Woodson (325 empty interception attempts in 2006-07) and Alabama AJ McCarron (291 attempts without picks in 2011-12). Former tennessee tag belong to Jarrett Gurantano (166 in 2018).

Program Record #2: Most consecutive games with a touchdown pass (20)

This one belongs to Heath Shuler It has existed since 1994, a period of 28 years. Hooker tied it against Alabama, broke it against UT Martin and added it to Kentucky before ending up losing to Georgia. He responded on his end by throwing six touchdown passes against Missouri and South Carolina before being hit.

Program Record #3: Single-season completion percentage (69.6%)

Hooker actually put this twice. He completed 68% of his passes in 2021, then improved slightly in 2022 to have the two seasons most of his passes (minimum 300 attempts). Eric Ange He holds the record for a season with more than 400 attempts (62.6% in 2007), but there have only been four such seasons in Tennessee history.

Program Record #4: Single-season passer rating (181.4)

Hooker put that up in 2021. He attempted to reset it in 2022, when his passer rating was 175.5. Hooker has finished third and second nationally, respectively, in the class the past two seasons and has led the SEC both times.

> Fifth in career touchdown passes (58)

  • 1 – Peyton Manning – 89 (1994-1997)
  • 2 – Casey Clausen – 75 (2000-2003)
  • 3 – Eric Enge72 (2004-2007)
  • 4. Tyler Bray – 69 (2010-12)
  • 5. Hendon Hooker – 58 (2021-22)
  • 6. Joshua Dobbs – 53 (2013-16)
  • 7. Garrett Garantano – 38 (2017-20)
  • t8. Jonathan Crompton – 36 (2006-09)
  • t8. Heath Shuler – 36 (1991-1993)
  • t8. Andy Kelly 36 (1988-91)

> Tied for eighth in career passing yards (6,080)

  • 1 – Peyton Manning – 11,201 (1994-97)
  • 2- Casey Clausen – 9707 (2000-2003)
  • 3 – Eric Enge – 8700 (2004-2007)
  • 4. Tyler Bray – 7444 (2010-12)
  • 5. Joshua Dobbs – 7138 (2013-16)
  • 6. Andy Kelly – 6,397 (1988-1991)
  • 7. Jarrett Guarantano – 6,174 (2017-20)
  • 8- Hendon Hooker – 6080 (2021 – 22).
  • 9. Jeff Francis – 5867 (1985-88)
  • 10- T-Martin – 4592 (1996-99)

> Sixth in Professional College Violations (7,126)

  • 1 – Peyton Manning – 11 020 (1994-97)
  • 2. Joshua Dobbs – 9,936 (2013-16)
  • 3 – Casey Clausen – 9577 (2000-2003)
  • 4. Eric Enge – 8473 (2004-2007)
  • 5. Tyler Bray – 7237 (2010-12)
  • 6. Hendon Hooker – 7126 (2021-22)
  • 7- Andy Kelly – 6427 (1988-1991)
  • 8. Garrett Garantano – 6,112 (2017-20)
  • 9 Jeff Francis – 5900 (1985-88)
  • 10- T-Martin – 206 5 (1996-99)

One thing to keep in mind on these career charts is that Hooker put up those numbers in much less time compared to many other Tennessee quarterbacks. Peyton Manning He started 45 games, followed Casey Clausen (44), Eric Ange (37), Joshua Dobbs (35), Jeff Francis (33), Andy Kelly (31) and Jarrett Gurantano (31). Closer to 22 hooker starts were T Martin (25), Tyler Bray (24), Heath Shuler (24) and Jonathan Crompton (19).

> Two of the five best seasons in total offense

Hooker’s 2021 season (3,561 yards) ranked fourth, then narrowly surpassed him with 3,565 yards in 2022. The top three single-season offense marks belong to Peyton Manning (3,789 yards in 1997), Joshua Dobbs (3,777 in 2016) and Tyler Bray (3,578 in 2012). Since he averaged 324 yards of total offense per game in 2022, Hooker might have set that record if not for his injury (although Manning’s postseason exploits are not included because the NCAA does not count bowl games in its stats season until 2002).

> Two of the top five seasons in passing touchdowns

Hooker tied 31 games in 2021 Eric Ange (2007) for the third-best player in Tennessee history. (The first two places belong to Peyton Manning With 36 in 1997 and Tyler Bray with 34 in 2012.) tied the 2022 season’s 27-game total Joshua Dobbs (2016), Jonathan Crompton (2009) and Casey Clausen (2003) for the fifth-best in program history.

> Fifth in passing yards for a season (3,135 in 2022)

Hooker scored in the back Peyton Manning (3,819 in 1997), Tyler Bray (3,612 in 2012), Eric Ange (3,522 in 2007) and Manning Again (3,287 in 1996) is in the seasons best passing yardage by a Tennessee quarterback. Apply his 285 catch per game average and give him two more games and Hooker could have reached #2 on this very list. The 2021 season (2,945) missed out on the top 10 by one yard as well.

> Eighth in the number of functional completion times (435)

> Eighth in single-season completions (229 in 2022)

> Two of the seven best seasons in rushing yards by a quarterback

Hooker rushed for 616 yards in 2021 and 430 yards in 2022. The first mark was the third-best in program history after two Joshua Dobbs seasons (831 in 2016 and 671 in 2015). In 2022 he narrowly missed out Condridge Holloway Best rushing season (433 yards in 1973).

Third in career rushing yards by a quarterback (1,046)

top two Joshua Dobbs (2,160 in 2013-16) and Jimmy Streeter (1,374 in 1976-79).

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