Hendon Hooker is in the mix of the four-man quarterback competition at Tennessee and has a grasp about what he needs to do during fall camp to set himself apart from the pack.

“Just pretty much playing smart football, in my opinion, is what I think,” he said, per GoVols247, about how to win the job. “Playing smart football, playing aggressive and fast, and being a leader and mastering the offense.”

Hooker, the Virginia Tech graduate transfer, has two years of eligibility remaining. He played in 25 games with 15 starts and completed 197-of-312 passes for 2,894 yards with 22 touchdowns through the air, while he rushed for 1,033 yards on 247 carries and 15 touchdowns.

Hooker said being more aggressive is what he’s focused on this summer. He added that getting adjusted to pushing the tempo, getting a play in quickly and being efficient.

“Just kind of pushing the ball downfield a little bit more — and just being decisive on my decision-making,” he said. “That’s kind of been something that I’ve been trying to work on this summer.”

With the other quarterbacks, Hooker said he bounces ideas off of them, and discusses how the coaches want the play to unfold.

“I mean, honestly, it’s just great sportsmanship and a great mark of a leader, in my opinion,” he said. “And, as far as pushing each other, I feel like, if it’s great competition throughout the room, we can all compete through love and we can all go about it as professionals.”