Tennessee Vols quarterback Hendon Hooker was named the SEC offensive player of the year on Monday.

A few hours later, he received news that he wasn’t a Heisman finalist.

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett, a player who wasn’t the SEC offensive player of the year, was named a finalist instead, along with USC’s Caleb Williams, TCU’s Max Duggan, and Ohio State’s CJ Stroud.

Most folks have gravitated toward Bennett “stealing” Hooker’s spot as a finalist because Hooker had better numbers in fewer games played. Hooker also had better numbers against common opponents.

Tennessee running back Jaylen Wright is among those who feel like Hooker was snubbed.

But he thinks Hooker should’ve been a finalist over Duggan.

Hooker finished the season with 3,565 total yards, 32 total touchdowns, and two interceptions.

Duggan finished the season with 3,725 total yards, 36 total touchdowns, and four interceptions while playing two more games than Hooker.

It’s reasonable to suggest that if Hooker played against Vanderbilt, that his numbers would be the same as Duggan’s (with fewer interceptions) or possibly better.

With Hooker playing against a tough SEC schedule, it’s logical to suggest he deserved a spot on the Heisman stage more than Duggan. TCU getting in the playoff, however, is likely what sent votes Duggan’s way.

This was a tough year to vote — no one has run away with the award. But it’s pretty clear from the data that Hooker deserved to at least be one of the four finalists.

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