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Report: Hendon Hooker starting at QB against Florida

Hooker makes his second-straight start for Tennessee

Syndication: The Knoxville News-Sentinel Caitie McMekin/News Sentinel via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Hendon Hooker will get the start in tonight’s game against Florida, per Matt Zenitz of On3sports.

I don’t think this is surprising news, necessarily, with Joe Milton’s health still perhaps in question. Tennessee Head Coach Josh Heupel waited until gameday to name Hooker the starter last week, too, as Milton is nursing an ankle injury sustained in the Pittsburgh game.

Milton was named the starter prior to the season, but he didn’t exactly light the world on fire with his play before his injury, and Hooker has played reasonably well filling in during Milton’s absence.

Both options certainly have their limitations, with Hooker, likely most alarming are his ball control problems. He’s lost two fumbles in basically a game and a half of starting at quarterback, and while he’s thrown five TDs to just one interception, his three total turnovers are cause for concern for a less-talented Tennessee team playing in a hostile environment.