Vols officially sign transfer quarterback

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    Virginia Tech transfer quarterback Hendon Hooker has officially signed with the Vols, Tennessee announced on Friday afternoon. Hooker committed the day before on Thursday.

    “We look forward to Hendon joining the Tennessee football family this semester,” Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt said in a press release. “Hendon is a very talented and dynamic quarterback with multiple years of Power Five experience. He will be a great addition to our quarterback room and make a positive impact with two years of eligibility remaining.”

    Hooker was a four-star recruit when he signed with Virginia Tech in the class of 2017 out of Dudley High School in Greensboro, North Carolina. He was considered the No. 337 overall player in the country, the 11th-ranked dual-threat quarterback and the seventh best player in the state of North Carolina.

    The 6-foot-4 gunslinger started 15 games for Virginia Tech over the last two season. Hooker threw for 2,894-yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions, while rushing for 1,033 career yards. He averaged 4.2 yards per attempt and rushed for 15 touchdowns.

    Hooker split time this past season with Oregon transfer Braxton Burmeister. He missed Virginia Tech’s first two games of the season due to injury, but returned to action in Week 3 and started seven of the Hokies’ eight remaining games.

    This season, Hooker completed 65.3% of his passes this season, threw for nine touchdowns, five interceptions and passed for 1,339 yards. He rushed for 620 yards and nine touchdowns.

    In 2019, Hooker threw 13 touchdowns to two interceptions. He completed 61.1% of his passes on his way 1,555 passing yards, while rushing for 356 yards and five touchdowns.

    Hooker has two years of eligibility remaining. He joins a Tennessee quarterback that currently has two quarterbacks on scholarship in Harrison Bailey and Brian Maurer. Four-star quarterback signee Kaidon Salter is set to be an early enrollee.