With Heisman Trophy candidate Hendon Hooker lost for the season with a torn ACL suffered on Saturday against South Carolina, it’s time for the Joe Milton III show.

The senior from Pahokee, Florida, will get the start on Saturday night at Vanderbilt, and the guy who will be hiking the ball to Milton, Cooper Mays, believes not much will change even though the Volunteers are switching quarterbacks this late in the season.

 Mays has been in awe of Milton’s arm strength, too.

Milton put up some decent numbers after Hooker left Saturday night’s game, going 4 for 8 for 108 yards passing, 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions. He had a 91.4 quarterback rating, too.

Mays has also been impressed with Milton’s leadership off the field.

“He’s always going to have everyone’s back in the locker room, he’s going to be the same person every day,” Mays said.

For the season, Milton has completed 23 of 33 passes for 573 yards, 6 touchdowns and 0 interceptions, all obviously in a relief role for Hooker. On Saturday night, Milton will finally get his shot in a starting role.

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