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Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker has torn ACL, ending his college career

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Concerns about the severity of Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker’s injury were confirmed Sunday.

The university announced that Hooker tore the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee in Saturday’s loss to South Carolina. The injury will bring Hooker’s college career to a premature end, a sixth-year senior.

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Hooker was injured in the fourth quarter on Saturday night at Columbia. He fell to the ground without contact and immediately grabbed his left knee. Moments later on the field, Hooker hobbled to the touchline and into the locker room. He did not return to the game, a staggering 63-38 loss to the fifth-place Volunteers.

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Before the injury, Hooker was in the All-American high season. He helped Tennessee win their first eight games and rank first in the College Football Playoff Opening Rankings that season. Included in this run was a big upset over Alabama at Neiland Stadium, which led Hooker to talk about the Heisman Trophy.

Tennessee subsequently lost two of the last three, but were still actively discussing the CFP until Saturday night’s loss.

During the season, Hooker threw for 3,135 yards and threw for 27 touchdowns with just two interceptions. He also has 430 yards and five points on the ground.

Hooker opened the 2021 season as an understudy for Tennessee after transferring from Virginia Tech. At the beginning of that season, he started in the starting lineup and showed good results in the offense of Josh Huepel. In the year, Hooker threw for 2,945 yards and 31 touchdowns, leaving just three INTs with 616 yards and five rushing touchdowns.

Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker (5) makes a short pass to the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Carolina on Saturday, November 19, 2022, in Columbia, South Carolina. (AP Photo/Artie Walker Jr.)
Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker (5) makes a short pass to the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Carolina on Saturday, November 19, 2022, in Columbia, South Carolina. (AP Photo/Artie Walker Jr.)

Before moving to Tennessee, Hooker spent four seasons at Virginia Tech. Re-dressing in his first season in a redshirt and playing skimpily in 2019, Hooker has been in and out of the roster as a Hokies starter throughout 2019 and 2020. favor another quarterback.

He found the right home in Knoxville and will go down in Tennessee history as the quarterback who helped revive a losing program.

“Forever a Tennessee legend and best teammate, we know Hendon will come back stronger than ever as he enters the NFL’s promising future,” the Tennessee Football Club said in a statement.

Without Hooker, Tennessee will end their regular season on the road against Vanderbilt on Saturday. Joe Milton is likely to become a Vols quarterback.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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