Josh Heupel is on board with the Hendon Hooker Heisman Trophy conversation, and believes the Tennessee quarterback is worthy.

“He’s playing as high a level as I’ve ever had anybody, and I’ve had Heisman guys,” Heupel said Monday at his weekly press conference. “He’s in complete command of what we’re doing. When you look at the efficiency of how he’s playing. The ability to take care of the football. The dynamic plays he’s made with his arm and his feet, we don’t look like what we do offensively without him. He’s certainly deserving of being in that conversation. Gotta go play the right way the last couple of weeks and hope he has that opportunity. Believe he should.”

Hooker has passed for 2,888 yards on a 71% completion rate with 24 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He also has 405 rushing yards and 5 scores.

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Tennessee sports betting officially launched on November 1, 2020. Tennessee was the first SEC state to legalize sports betting.