Tennessee Vols quarterback Hendon Hooker got some unfortunate news on Monday night.

Hooker is not one of the four Heisman Trophy finalists. Instead, it’s Georgia’s Stetson Bennet, TCU’s Max Duggan, Ohio State’s CJ Stroud, and USC’s Caleb Williams.

At one point this season, Hooker was considering the overwhelming favorite to win the award.

Hooker, however, tore his ACL in Tennessee’s disappointing loss to South Carolina which caused him to miss the Vols’ final game of the season (against Vanderbilt).

The Greensboro, NC native finished the 2022 season with 3,135 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns and just two interceptions. He also had 430 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. Hooker accomplished those numbers against one of the toughest schedules in the nation.

Hooker was certainly deserving of the award and to be a finalist. But the voters didn’t see it the same way. It’s a shame because no one embodied what the award means better than Hooker.

Tennessee fans, however, will never forget the massive impact he made on the Vols’ program.

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