Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL within the blowout loss to South Carolina on Saturday.
The Volunteers have been on the cusp of the Faculty Soccer Playoff, coming into the week at No. 5 with a 9-1 document. However whereas getting dominated by the Gamecocks, they noticed their star quarterback depart the sport halfway by means of the fourth quarter with a left knee harm.
Exams confirmed their fears Sunday that Hooker will probably be achieved for the 12 months as Tennessee falls to No. 9 now within the newest AP ballot.
The harm occurred on a zone learn play, the place Hooker instantly hit the turf with a non-contact harm whereas trying to chop by means of a gap that his blockers had made.
Hooker left the game with 247 yards by means of the air with three touchdowns, whereas dashing for 25 yards on 5 carries.
For the season, Hooker had 3,135 yards, 27 touchdowns to 2 interceptions and a 69.6 completion charge over 11 video games this season. He additionally had 430 dashing yards with 5 touchdowns on 104 carries.
It was the 24-year-old’s ultimate 12 months in school, his second with Tennessee after spending three seasons at Virginia Tech.
Hooker’s greatest second this season got here within the huge upset over the College of Alabama, throwing for 5 touchdowns and driving the workforce down the sector for an opportunity on the game-winning area objective that led to the primary win over Nick Saban’s bunch since 2006 when he took over this system.
Now, Tennessee will doubtless look to Joe Milton III to step up instead of Hooker at quarterback for the rest of the season. A senior in his fifth 12 months as properly, Milton has 573 yards with six landing passes in seven video games this 12 months.