Hendon Hooker Moves Up Leaderboard in Tennessee Touchdown Rankings

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    Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics.

    Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker now sits in 7th place in the Vols’ all-time passing touchdown leaderboard.

    Hooker had two first-half touchdown passes against Akron on Saturday night in Knoxville. Hooker’s first touchdown pass, the 36th of his career at the University of Tennessee, tied him with Jonathan Crompton, Andy Kelly, and Heath Shuler.

    Hooker then completed his 37th touchdown pass late in the second quarter to officially take sole possession of 7th place on Tennessee’s leaderboard.

    Hendon Hooker now trails former Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano by one touchdown pass for the 6th slot. Guarantano ended his career with 38 career touchdown passes for the Big Orange.

    Hooker’s first touchdown against Akron was a 57-yard strike to Tennessee wideout Jalin Hyatt on the second play of the second quarter. Then, with the second quarter winding down, Hooker once again connected with Hyatt on a 48-yard touchdown.

    Tennessee’s all-time passing touchdowns leaderboard is as follows:

    1. Peyton Manning – 89 – 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
    2. Casey Clausen – 75 – 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
    3. Erik Ainge – 72 – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
    4. Tyler Bray – 69 – 2010, 2011, 2012
    5. Joshua Dobbs – 53 – 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
    6. Jarrett Guarantano – 38 – 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
    7. Hendon Hooker – 37 – 2021, 2022
    8. Heath Shuler, Andy Kelly, Jonathan Crompton – 36

    No. 15 Tennessee led Akron by a score of 35-0 at halftime.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.