Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker chose to take advantage of a super senior season and “recover” it in 2022. The veteran flagman was central to Tennessee’s success in the first year under Josh Heupel since taking office mid-term. the second game of the season.

“Really, just praying and talking with my family and the coaches as well,” Hooker said shortly after the announcement, of what prompted the decision to come back for one final season. “Get their feedback on what they thought about my season and my production. I picked up some notes. I really trust the process and do what I’ve always done, keeping my head down and controlling what I can control. “

Now Hooker is in Nashville leading his team for the Music City Bowl and looking to build a season where he threw for 2,567 yards and 27 touchdowns for just three interceptions and carried the ball 148 more times for 560 yards. and five touchdowns. . However, his best football could be ahead of him.

During today’s media availability, Hooker discussed where he thinks his game has improved the most this season in Knoxville.

“Just be a leader and be more outspoken,” Hooker said of it. “Honestly, just be free, play my game and have fun.”

Hooker transferred to Tennessee just before the Jeremy Pruitt era ended, so he had to not only adjust to two different teams but also a new school at the same time.

“It’s (difficult),” Hooker said. “When I first got here I sort of just sat and watched everything because I wanted to prove myself to my teammates before I stepped in and took on that leadership role, so I I kind of gradually gained their confidence. It was a great race. “

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