Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker Named Manning Award Quarterback of the Week

NEW ORLEANS (November 11, 2021) – Hendon Hooker, a senior from the University of Tennessee, has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week. He earns the honor over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Facebook contest.

Hooker, a Greensboro, N.C., native, completed 15-of-20 passes for a career-best 316 yards and four touchdowns, also a career best, while adding 41 rushing yards as he led the Volunteers to a 45-42 upset of No. 18 Kentucky in an SEC road game.

Manning Award Stars of the Week, November 11, 2021

The 6-foot-4, 218-pound signal caller was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in which he fired multiple touchdown passes over 70 yards, becoming the first Vol QB since at least 2000 to achieve the feat in the same game and the only player in the SEC this season to do it in a conference game. Hooker moved into a tie for the national lead in 70-plus yard touchdowns on the season with four. He also surpassed Peyton Manning (20 in 1996) for 10th place in Tennessee all-time single-season touchdown passes with 21.

Hooker and the Volunteers will welcome top-ranked Georgia to Neyland Stadium on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on CBS.

The closest competition for Hooker came from Kent State’s Dustin Crum and Aidan O’Connell of Purdue. Crum rushed for 72 yards and a pair of touchdowns and notched his seventh career 300-yard game as he completed 20-of-30 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns leading the Golden Flashes to a critical MAC victory over Northern Illinois, 52-47. O’Connell went 40-of-54 passing for 536 yards and three touchdowns, marking the third-most yards in school history as he led the Boilermakers to a 40-29 upset of No. 3 Michigan State, Purdue’s second win over a top-3 team this season. His numbers marked career-highs in completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns while setting a record for completion percentage (50-plus attempts).

The Manning Award selected 32 quarterbacks for its preseason Watch List and made 15 midseason additions in October. Ten finalists will be selected and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship.

In its first 17 years, the Manning Award has recognized the top names in college football. It has honored quarterbacks from 13 different schools and from four different conferences. The Southeastern Conference (Mac Jones, Joe Burrow, Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton, JaMarcus Russell and Tim Tebow) leads the way with six Manning Award honorees, while the Big 12 Conference (Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield, Vince Young, Colt McCoy and Robert Griffin III) has had five winners. The Atlantic Coast Conference (Deshaun Watson twice, Matt Ryan and Jameis Winston) has had four Manning Award winners. LSU (Burrow and Russell), Oklahoma (Murray and Mayfield) and Texas (McCoy and Young) have each had two different winners.

All the Manning Award winners follow in the footsteps of the Mannings themselves. In college, Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning combined for over 25,000 passing yards and 201 touchdowns while playing in 10 bowl games and earning four bowl MVP awards. Archie was the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft, while both Peyton and Eli were selected No. 1 overall.

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