Hendon Hooker Wins Heisman Trophy Fan Vote

Hendon Hooker Wins Heisman Trophy Fan Vote

Hendon Hooker Wins Heisman Trophy Fan VotePhoto via Tennessee Athletics

The 2022 Heisman Trophy ceremony was held Saturday night in New York, where USC quarterback Caleb Williams won the prestigious award over TCU QB Max Duggan, Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud and Georgia QB Stetson Bennett IV.

Tennessee senior quarterback Hendon Hooker was not invited to the ceremony, as he finished fifth in voting, and only the top four go to New York.

While Hooker was not in the spotlight on Saturday, his name did not go without mention. After Williams’ acceptance speech, the program concluded with ESPN’s Chris Fowler sharing the official results of the voting. In doing this, Fowler mentioned Hooker won the Nissan Fan Vote for the 2022 Heisman Trophy.

#Vols QB Hendon Hooker was the Fan Vote winner for the 2022 Heisman Trophy.

— Jack Foster (@jackfostermedia) December 11, 2022

There has been a significant amount of uproar from Tennessee fans and college football personalities regarding Hooker’s Heisman snub.

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Hooker was magnificent in Tennessee’s first 10-win regular season since 2003. Hooker threw for 3,135 yards, 27 touchdowns and only two interceptions, a mark that was tied for the lowest amount among FBS starting quarterbacks. Hooker also finished the year second in the FBS in passing efficiency, also known as passer rating, with a 175.51 efficiency rating.

The Greensboro, North Carolina, native had arguably the best ‘Heisman moment’ of any college football player this season when he led the Vols to a 52-49 win over (then) No. 3 Alabama in Neyland Stadium. Hooker threw for 385 yards and a staggering five touchdowns against Nick Saban’s defense, capping off his performance with back-to-back completions to get Tennessee in field-goal range. Tennessee kicker Chase McGrath took care of the rest, making a 40-yard field goal to win the game in what was an instant classic.

The most likely reason Hooker did not make the cut as a Heisman finalist is his injury in the Vols’ 63-38 loss to South Carolina in Columbia in mid-November. The night was nothing short of a nightmare for Tennessee Football and ended with the star quarterback sustaining a torn ACL. The game was Tennessee’s penultimate contest of the regular season, so Hooker only missed one game during the season.

Outside of South Carolina, Hooker’s lone subpar game was against No. 1 Georgia’s daunting defense.

Hooker’s elite performance against Alabama, domination against Florida and Kentucky, and ability to win an early-season overtime battle against Pitt made the Tennessee signal caller certainly deserving of a New York invite. College football fans felt that Hooker not only deserved an invite to New York, but that he also deserved the trophy itself.

Hooker received 40 percent of the fan vote, beating out the quartet of finalists Williams, Duggan, Stroud and Bennett.

Author: Ethan Moore