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Former Virginia Tech quarterback Hendon Hooker transferring to Tennessee

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Following the loss of Jarrett Guarantano and JT Shrout to the transfer portal, Tennessee pretty much had to attack the transfer market to add depth at quarterback. Today, they’ve landed a commitment from former Virginia Tech quarterback Hendon Hooker.

Hooker made the announcement this afternoon.

Tennessee was left with just Harrison Bailey and Brian Maurer from last year’s team. They’ll welcome four-star passer Kaidon Salter this year, and now will add Hooker to the room.

Hooker is a 6-4, 220 pound quarterback from Greensboro, North Carolina. He’s played in each of the last three seasons for the Hokies, starting a total of 15 games in the last two years. Hooker threw for 2,894 yards and 22 touchdowns during that span, tossing just seven interceptions. He also added over 1,000 yards rushing, scoring 15 more times on the ground.

Hooker is a former four-star prospect, ranking 337th in the class of 2017, per 247Sports. He will bring athleticism to the position — something Tennessee really hasn’t had since the Josh Dobbs era. The Volunteers now have a few different types of quarterbacks to choose from as they try to wake up an offense that has been dormant since Dobbs walked out the door.

Tennessee’s quarterback battle just got a lot more interesting — now we wait to see if Jeremy Pruitt’s staff will be the ones overseeing it in the spring.