One of the biggest reasons why the Tennessee Vols are 10-5 in their last 15 games has been the play of quarterback Hendon Hooker.

Hooker didn’t start the 2021 season as the Vols’ starter after transferring to Tennessee from Virginia Tech, but it didn’t take long for him to take a stronghold on the job.

So far this season, Hooker has led the Volunteers to a 4-0 record while completing 71 percent of his passes. Hooker has thrown seven touchdowns this season with no interceptions.

On Wednesday, Hooker explained to SEC Network host Paul Finebaum what led him to Tennessee.

Hooker noted that the “brotherhood aspect” was part of his decision, as well as the Vol fan base.

I think we all know by now the power that the Tennessee fan base holds.

They single handily prevented the hiring of Greg Schiano in 2017. They also had an impact on former athletic director John Currie’s pursuit of Dave Doeren in 2017.

Tennessee fans can use that power for good, too. And that’s what Hooker is talking about here. The passion of Vols fans and their willingness to get behind anyone who “gives their all for Tennessee” is a big reason why players choose to come to Knoxville.

On the flip side, negative energy from the fan base can be the reason why a player chooses to go elsewhere.

Negativity — outside of a coaching search — is usually an exercise in futility. It accomplishes nothing. Vol fans should keep that in mind the next time they tweet something negative to a player. Or even opposing players. You never know when a recruit or a player who might eventually land in the transfer portal is watching.

Vols fans hold a decent amount of influence, but they need to take that influence seriously.

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