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Tennessee Quarterback Hendon Hooker Tears ACL

University of Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker tore his ACL in his left knee during the Volunteers’ loss to South Carolina Saturday night, the school announced on Sunday.

Hooker was hurt on a non-contact play early in the fourth quarter. After being examined on the sideline, he slowly walked off the field to the locker room.

The timing of the injury, less than five months before the 2023 NFL Draft, couldn’t have been worse. He will now have to stand on his game tape as he recovers during the run-up to the draft, and the transfer from Virginia Tech will enter the league as a 25-year-old rookie coming off a serious knee injury.

Hooker, a Heisman candidate, debuted at No. 30 on The 33rd Team’s initial Top 100 Big Board, and is the fifth-ranked quarterback. The Vols’ QB had put up some impressive numbers this season, throwing for 3,135 yards and completing 69.6 of his passes, with 27 touchdowns to just two interceptions. He also had 430 yards and five touchdowns on the ground this season.

 

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