Hendon Hooker Named SEC Offensive Player Of Week

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    Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker is the SEC Offensive Player of the Week after his performance in the Vols’ win at Pitt.

    Hooker completed 27-of-45 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns in the Vols’, 34-27, overtime win. The super senior quarterback added 27 rushing yards on 15 attempts including three sacks.

    The Vols’ quarterback struggled with his accuracy early in the game but found a rhythm in the second quarter and played well for the rest of the game.

    Hooker graded out as Tennessee’s best offensive player according to Pro Football Focus, earning an 86.2 grade.

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    Tennessee’s quarterback earning SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors in a game where the Vols’ offense struggled shows just how much Tennessee has grown under Josh Heupel.

    The Vols’ offense scored just three second half points and struggled to methodically drive the ball on Pat Narduzzi and Pitt’s defense. Still, Hooker was not to blame for most of Tennessee’s offensive struggles.

    The former Virginia Tech transfer wasn’t perfect but kept Tennessee in good spots and made some impressive throws that would have been touchdowns if his receiver hauled them in.

    Hooker also completed a pair of passes to the one-yard line where Tennessee punched the ball into the end zone with the run game.

    Hooker wasn’t the only Vol to win SEC weekly honors with Byron Young being named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week.

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