ESPN analyst Matt Stinchcomb owes Tennessee Vols quarterback Hendon Hooker a massive apology.

Stinchcomb, a former Georgia offensive lineman, made some comments this week on “SEC Now” that were completely unfair to Hooker.

The former Bulldogs lineman suggested that Hooker wants to be the “focal point” for Tennessee.

“Football, ultimately, is a team sport,” said Stinchcomb. “Now Hendon Hooker wants to be the focal point. He wants to be the center of attention. He wants to be out in front. He’s like every other quarterback. It’s all about me. Brock Bowers, he wants to make it about ‘us’. And that’s what’s more important.”

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Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker (5) throws during Tennessee’s game against Kentucky at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022.
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Hooker is one of the last players in college football I’d ever dream of calling a “look at me” type of person.

All you have to do is watch one of Hooker’s press conferences to quickly realize that he’s as selfless as it gets.

Anytime Hooker’s had success this season — and he’s had a lot of success — he’s been quick to credit his teammates. He always deflects the attention away from himself and toward his teammates and coaches. He’s a true leader in every sense of the word.

Stinchcomb, who was in Knoxville for the UT-Martin game (he called the game for SEC Network) and was up close with the program, should know this.

Maybe Stinchcomb was trying to be funny (the comment came during a presidential debate-style segment). Or maybe it was tongue-in-cheek. It doesn’t matter. It’s an assault on Hooker’s character. And casual college football viewers who aren’t familiar with the Tennessee quarterback now have a misguided perception of Hooker.

Hopefully Stinchcomb does the right thing and apologizes on air to Hooker.

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