Hendon Hooker lost the Tennessee Volunteers’ QB competition this offseason, with Joe Milton III getting the QB1 spot.

But, with Milton banged up entering Saturday’s Week 3 matchup against Tennessee Tech, Hooker got the start.

And, he got started with a bang, finding JaVonta Payton for a 29-yard touchdown:

He also threw this strike to Velus Jones Jr., and Jones took it 45 yards for the touchdown:

There was some bad, though, as Hooker did fumble the ball after getting hit low on this play:

He left the game, but re-entered the game on the following drive. He finished the first half with 3 touchdown passes, though.

So, after he showed he can move the team down the field, many fans took to Twitter to say Hooker should be the Vols’ new starting quarterback:

https://twitter.com/MikeL_LWOS/status/1439266790601859076

The Vols play Florida next weekend. We’ll see who coach Josh Heupel decides to start.

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