Tennessee Vols quarterback Hendon Hooker is a longshot to win the Heisman Trophy this season.

After the Vols’ impressive first half against Ball State, he’s still a long shot. But if he continues to play at a high level as he did in the first half on Thursday night, he won’t be a long shot for much longer.

Hooker and the Tennessee offense didn’t show a lot scheme-wise in the first half against Ball State, but they were efficient with their possessions, punting just once.

The Greensboro, NC native finished the first half with 211 passing yards and two passing touchdowns while also adding two rushing touchdowns.

I know it’s just Ball State — a MAC team that lost a lot of production from their 6-7 squad last season — but Hooker did exactly what he was supposed to do against an overmatched team.

Accounting for four touchdowns in one half is what Heisman candidates do. Now, obviously, Hooker can’t continue that pace — four touchdowns a half would be 96 touchdowns in a season — but he has to take advantage of weaker opponents to pad his stats if he wants to get to New York in December.

It’s early and Hooker still has a lot to prove, but I don’t think Vols fans could’ve asked for much more from their QB1 in the first half than what they got on Thursday night.

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