Quarterback Hendon Hooker was a revelation for the Tennessee Vols in 2021.

The Greensboro, NC native, who transferred to UT from Virginia Tech after the 2020 season, didn’t begin the season as the Volunteers’ starting quarterback.

But it didn’t take long for Hooker to prove he was the best option to lead Tennessee’s offense. When starting quarterback Joe Milton was injured against Pittsburgh in the second game of the season, Hooker took over and never looked back.

Despite not starting every game this season, Hooker left his mark on the Vols’ record book.

Not bad for a quarterback who only started 11 games.

More records on the way for Hendon Hooker?

Hooker can add some more entries to the list with another big season in 2022.

If Hooker equals his passing touchdown total from 2021, he’ll pass Josh Dobbs for No. 5 in career touchdown passes by a UT quarterback.

A 3,230 yard passing season in 2022 would place Hooker at No. 7 on the Vols’ all-time passing yards list, just ahead of Jarrett Guarantano (Guarantano played in 41 career games at Tennessee).

And if Hooker passes for over 3,000 yards next season — which seems very possible in Josh Heupel’s offense — he would be only the fourth UT quarterback to reach that milestone (joining Peyton Manning, Erik Ainge, and Tyler Bray).

One impressive Tennessee record that Hooker can set next season is the consecutive games with a touchdown pass record. The record is currently held by Heath Shuler, who threw a touchdown in 18 straight games from 1992-1993.

Hooker has tossed a touchdown in 12 straight games (tied with Casey Clausen for the third-longest streak in Vol history). Hooker could break the record at home next season against UT-Martin on October 22.

There’s no doubt that Hooker is going down as one of the all-time greats in Tennessee football history. He’s already made a major impact on the record book. And he should cement his legacy with another big season in 2022.

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