6’4″ 218 pounds
All of the weapons at receiver will be crucial for Tennessee football to take control of this game, and UT-Martin has a pretty good rush defense. That means the passing game as a whole is what it’ll take to make sure the game is out of reach early, regardless of how committed Josh Heupel is to balance in this one.
As a result, Bru McCoy, Ramel Keyton and Jalin Hyatt can’t do what they do unless Hendon Hooker does what he does. It’s pretty clear at this point Hooker is a star and the favorite in the Heisman race. If he wants to remain that, he needs to load up on stats early. That way, the coaches can pull him early while he still did enough damage.
Hooker has done an amazing job spreading the ball around for the Vols all year, and he’ll want to do it again in this game. His goal should be five touchdown passes midway through the second quarter with four spread out among Hyatt, Keyton and McCoy. The fifth could go to one of the tight ends, Princeton Fant or Jacob Warren.
Heck, even one of the running backs could catch a touchdown pass. The point is Tennessee football needs 42 points by the midway point of the second to make sure they have control of this game, and Hooker should play a huge role in that. Oh, he needs to do that without running as well so he can stay healthy.