It’s been a while since the Tennessee football player has become one of the best on the Securities and Exchange Commission. However, as 2022 enters, that’s the kind Hendon Hooker gets as he returns for his senior year after graduating in his freshman year under Josh Hubbell.
Brad Crawford of 247 Sports put Hooker sixth on his list of the 12 best SEC players entering 2022. However, even with this ranking, Crawford Hooker showed absolute disrespect by making him the third-highest-ranked quarterback.
Bryce Young of the Alabama Crimson Tide came in second, and KJ Jefferson of the Arkansas Razorbacks was No. 5. Jefferson’s lead was the awful part of the ratings. Here’s a bit of what Crawford wrote about Hooker on his list.
With a year into his career best five-man match against Bordeaux, Hooker was eager to try to set program records this fall as the facilitator for the nation’s fastest unit (shots per minute). Hooker is a nightmare to try and contain him out of pocket because if he commits your defense, his arm is good enough to hit you down the field with a long ball. Tennessee should lead the SEC East in the playgroups this season due to its fifth quarterback.
That level of respect is fine, but putting Jefferson on Hooker doesn’t make sense. There isn’t really any part of the scrolling game where Hooker isn’t better. Last year, Hooker had higher completions, more yards, more yards per attempt, more touchdowns, and fewer interceptions.
Now, you can add Jefferson’s portability, but it doesn’t make up for how much control Hawker has in the scrolling game. Last year, Jefferson ran for 664 yards and six touchdowns while averaging four and a half yards. Hooker ran for 616 yards and five touchdowns, averaging over three and a half yards per carry.
It wouldn’t make much sense to do it, but let’s combine their rushing and passing yards with their quick and pass attempts, which incidentally include college-level sacks if you want to do that with Hooker. This would veer toward Jefferson. Hooker still wins.
Hooker would have 3,561 yards on 469 touchdowns and passes (7,592 yards per total attempt), 36 touchdowns and seven total turnovers (three interceptions, four misses). Jefferson would have 3,340 yards in 440 total attempts (7,591 yards per attempt), 27 touchdowns and six moves (four interceptions, two misses).
This means that Hawker has more yards, a little more yards per overall attempt, more touchdowns and even better landings to turnover, as 36:7 is a little more than 5:1 while 27:6 is 4.5:1. So it’s efficient To the raw numbers, Hooker wins today.
Putting Young before Hooker makes sense. He is the exemplary midfielder who also collects better numbers with the team built around him. On the other hand, it’s not like Hooker has no case when comparing these two either. But it is more evident with Jefferson.
Don’t forget that Hooker was a backup for the Tennessee football team to start the year, so he got into the starting lineup after having far fewer reps with the first team than Jefferson. He was also playing in a new system as the Virginia Tech Hokies transition in his first year under Josh Heupel. Jefferson was in his sophomore year with Sam Bateman and Kendall Brillis.
When you keep this in mind, Crawford’s inference of the Jefferson order makes less sense. He did not address Jefferson’s position on Hooker directly, but in Jefferson’s case, he promoted Bateman’s statement that few Arkansas players had developed as Jefferson in an off-season. What does it mean?
If Crawford is based on this quote, it is based on little more than a projection. However, the production is clear. Also, when you consider that Jefferson had Treylon Burks last year, who has now gone to the NFL, while Tennessee football brought back Cedric Tillman’s all-time high, both projection and production should favor Hawker.