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  SEPT 26 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee,...Hooker played perhaps the best game of his career, accounting for 461 yards of total offense and three touchdowns as No. 11 Tennessee beat No. 20 Florida, 38-33...It was the Vols' first win over the Gators since 2016. With his top wide receiver out, Hooker carried the load, completing 22-of-28 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He also rushed for 112 yards on 13 carries with one score...It was his highest rushing yard total at Tennessee. It also represented the most passing yards by a UT QB vs. Florida since Peyton Manning threw for 353 yards on Sept. 20, 1997.

Hooker became the second QB in UT history and the first since Joshua Dobbs vs. Georgia on Oct. 10, 2015, to register a 300-yard passing and 100-yard rushing game...In the victory, Hooker extended his school-record streak of consecutive pass attempts without an interception to 212, which is the ninth-longest streak in SEC history. He surpassed Alabama's Jalen Hurts and Florida's Time Tebow to enter the top 10 on Saturday...With the Vols trailing, Hooker led Tennessee on an epic, 12-play, 99-yard drive in the final minutes of the second quarter. He fired a touchdown pass with seven seconds left that put the Vols ahead for good. Hooker eclipsed 300 yards passing for the fourth time in a Tennessee uniform. He averaged a stellar 11.24 yards per play on Saturday. - SEC Football


rSr/2023 QB Hendon HookerTennessee
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  SEPT 26 SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Javontez Spraggins, OG, Tennessee,...Spraggins paved the way for a Tennessee offense that accumulated 576 total offensive yards as the No. 11 Vols topped No. 20 Florida, 38-33, for their first win in the series since 2016...In his 17th career start, Spraggins played all 70 plays and did not allow a sack, a hit, or a pressure...The right guard blocked for a Vol offense that rushed for 227 yards, passed for 349 yards and averaged 8.2 yards per play, marking the fourth-highest average in the Josh Heupel era...The 576 yards of total offense for the Vols was their highest output vs. Florida in the series history. For the season, Spraggins has not allowed a sack or QB hit in 264 offensive snaps. - SEC Football

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  SEPT 25 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL FBS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: HENDON HOOKER, TENNESSEE, RS Senior, Quarterback, Greensboro, NC/Dudley,...Hendon Hooker accounted for 461 yards (349 passing, 112 rushing) and three touchdowns as 11th-ranked Tennessee defeated 20th-ranked Florida, 38-33. Hooker completed 22-of-28 passes and two touchdowns, while rushing for one more score and 112 yards as the Volunteers improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2016. Notes: Hendon Hooker is the seventh Tennessee player to earn Walter Camp National Player of Week honors (since 2004) and the first since former linebacker Darrell Taylor (Nov. 10, 2018). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

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  Tennessee and North Carolina State broke into the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll Sunday, and Florida State is back in the rankings for the first time in four years. Georgia remained No. 1 and received 55 of 63 first-place votes in the Top 25, presented by Regions Bank. No. 2 Alabama (four first-place votes), No. 3 Ohio State (four first-place votes), No. 4 Michigan and No. 5 Clemson all held their places.

Oklahoma's upset loss to Kansas State created room for teams to move up, like Southern California to No. 6 and Kentucky to No. 7. Tennessee moved up three spots to No. 8, its best ranking since 2006 and first top-10 appearance since a few weeks at ninth in the first half of 2016. That was the last time the Volunteers started 4-0. The Vols knocked Florida out of the rankings by snapping a five-game losing streak in the rivalry. Oklahoma State remained at nine and North Carolina State jumped two spots to No. 10. The Wolfpack have their best ranking since they were 10th in 2002. - AP College Football


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  Hendon Hooker threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 112 yards and a score to lead No. 11 Tennessee to a 38-33 victory over No. 20 Florida Saturday. It was Tennessee's second win over Florida in the last 18 meetings and snapped a six-game losing streak in the series. The win gave the Volunteers their first 4-0 start since 2016. Tennessee (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) took control in the fourth quarter when it traveled 87 yards for a TD after a fumble by Gators (2-2, 0-2) quarterback Anthony Richardson.

Richardson had a career-high 453 passing yards and two touchdowns and ran for 62 and two scores in a raucous Neyland Stadium. Tennessee led 17-14 at halftime following a first half loaded with big offensive plays on both sides. Hooker, who shook off what was reported as an upper body injury, threw for 248 yards, including a 70-yard connection with Bru McCoy for the Vols' longest play from scrimmage this season. A 99-yard drive that ended with a one-yard pass from Hooker to McCoy, gave Tennessee the lead 7 seconds before the break. Richardson had a career-high 220 passing yards by intermission and connected with his first TD pass of the season. Keon Zipperer broke three arm tackles on his way to a 44-yard score. - Tennessee/AP College Football


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  Jalin Hyatt caught five passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 15 Tennessee to a 63-6 victory over Akron on Saturday night. Hyatt had scoring passes of 57 and 48 yards in the first half as the Volunteers (3-0) jumped to a 35-0 lead over the Zips (1-2). Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker threw for 251 yards and two scores in the first 30 minutes and finished with 298 yards. Hooker extended his streak of games with a TD pass to 15, three behind school leader Heath Shuler. In an effort to focus on the run game, the Vols had 165 first-half rushing yards before substituting freely in the second half. Jaylin Wright led the way with 96 yards and two TDs. Akron's best chance for a TD in the first half came with second-and-goal on the 5 when Daniel George fumbled on an end around. - Tennessee/AP College Football

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  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 2: 50. Cedric Tillman, rSr, WR, Tennessee, 6-3, 215, 2,...Tillman caught nine passes for 162 yards and a touchdown in No. 24 Tennessee's dramatic, 34-27, overtime win over No. 17 Pitt. Those were the ratings at game time, anyway. Previous week, No. 50: Redshirt senior wide receiver Cedric Tillman led the Volunteers with six catches for 68 yards in a season-opening, 59-10, victory over the Ball State Cardinals. Last year, Tillman emerged as one of the SEC's best playmakers and became Tennessee's first 1,000-yard receiver since Justin Hunter in 2012 - Started all 13 games.Finished the year with 64 catches for 1,081 yards and 12 touchdowns. - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

rSr/2023 WR Cedric TillmanTennessee
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  SEPT 12 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Byron Young, DE, Tennessee,...Young, a preseason first-team All-SEC selection, notched four tackles, a game-high two tackles for loss, a sack and a game-high three QB hurries to help lead No. 24 Tennessee to a 34-27 non-conference overtime win at No. 17 Pitt...It was the Vols' first victory over a top-20 non-conference team on the road since it topped No. 6 Miami, 10-6, on Nov. 8, 2003...Young was disruptive all day for a Tennessee defense that registered 16 QB hurries on the day, its first double-digit output since producing 10 against Georgia State on Sept. 8, 2012...His sack came at a crucial moment in the fourth quarter on third down for a loss of six yards. - SEC Football

rSr/2023 OLB Byron YoungTennessee
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  SEPT 12 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee,...Hooker accounted for 352 yards of total offense and two touchdowns to lead No. 24 Tennessee to a 34-27 non-conference overtime win at No. 17 Pitt on Saturday. It was the Vols' first victory over a top-20 non-conference team on the road since it topped No. 6 Miami, 10-6, on Nov. 8, 2003...He was 27-of-42 for 325 yards and two scores through the air, rallying the Vols from a 10-0 deficit. In the process, Hooker broke the school record for consecutive attempts without an interception, which now stands at 167 straight attempts without a pick. That mark broke Jarrett Guarantano's record of 166. Hooker also moved into sole possession of second place in UT consecutive games with a touchdown pass at 14. Hooker came up clutch in overtime, stepping up in the pocket and firing the game-winning, 28-yard touchdown pass to Cedric Tillman. - SEC Football

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  Tennessee coach Josh Heupel isn't sure his team would have found a way a year ago to win a game where it fumbled twice and allowed a blocked punt. All in the second half. On the road. Against a program coming off a Power Five conference title. It's not last season. The 24th-ranked Volunteers may be maturing in front of their coach's eyes. The latest proof came in a draining 34-27 overtime victory over No. 17 Pitt on Saturday, a four-hour physical and emotional marathon that ended with Tennessee spilling onto the field in a mixture of joy and relief. "There's a certain level of maturity that we certainly didn't have last year at times," said Heupel, who is in his second season of trying to restore the Volunteers to relevancy in the SEC. "Our kids are willing to continue to compete. They handled the flows, the ups and downs of the game the right way."

There were plenty of each to go around. The Volunteers (2-0) allowed a game-tying touchdown pass from Pitt backup quarterback Nick Patti with 2:23 to go but regrouped to win it on a 28-yard lob from Hendon Hooker to Cedric Tillman on Tennessee's first possession of the extra period. The Volunteers' defense, which had been relentless over the final three-plus quarters following a slow start, did the rest. It used a third-down sack and the one last of a seemingly unending streak of quarterback pressures to force Patti to throw incomplete on fourth down to end it. - Tennessee/AP College Football


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  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 1: 50. Cedric Tillman, rSr, WR, Tennessee, 6-3, 215,...Redshirt senior wide receiver Cedric Tillman led the Volunteers with six catches for 68 yards in a season-opening, 59-10, victory over the Ball State Cardinals. Last year, Tillman emerged as one of the SEC's best playmakers and became Tennessee's first 1,000-yard receiver since Justin Hunter in 2012...Started all 13 games...Finished the year with 64 catches for 1,081 yards and 12 touchdowns. - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

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  Hendon Hooker threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores to lead Tennessee to a 59-10 season-opening victory over Ball State Thursday night. Hooker, in his second year as the Volunteers' starter after transferring from Virginia Tech, had 211 yards passing by halftime along with a 38-0 lead. Eight different receiver caught passes in the first 30 minutes. He was replaced by Joe Milton midway through the third quarter. Jaylen Wright led the Tennessee ground game with 86 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals' bruising running back Carson Steele was limited to 27 yards on 11 carries. Making his first career start at quarterback for Ball State, redshirt junior John Paddock threw for 269 yards and a TD. The Vol defense came up with three turnovers - two interceptions and a fumble. - AP College Football

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  2022 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM: P - Paxton Brooks, Tennessee,...Veteran specialist who has produced a distinguished career on and off the field as a Vol...Enters his fifth and final season with the program...Serves as UT's starting punter and also a kickoff specialist...A three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and an Academic All-American who is currently working on his master's degree...Enters the season as the starting punter for the fourth straight season...Played in 48 career games...Averages 43.3 yards per punt, which ranks third all-time in UT history...Averages 61.3 yards per kickoff...98 of his 164 kickoffs have gone for touchbacks (59.8 percent)...30 of his punts have gone 50+ yards and 47 of his punts have been pinned inside the 20. - Tennessee Football

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  2022 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM: DB - Trevon Flowers, Tennessee,...Instinctive and talented safety who returns as a starter for the third straight season...Also illustrates his playmaking skills as part of the return game...Served as one of Tennessee's three player representatives at 2022 SEC Media Days in his hometown of Atlanta...Had one of the best springs on the squad and emerged as one of the top leaders...Member of UT's leadership council...Appeared in 35 games with 25 starts...Notched 170 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, 10 pass breakups and one forced fumble. - Tennessee Football

rSr/2023 FS Trevon FlowersTennessee
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  2022 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM: LB - Jeremy Banks, Tennessee,...Banks, a redshirt-senior, is coming off a 20-tackle performance in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl, while seniors Flowers and Brooks are hoping to continue the solid, dependable production that they have been known for in their time on Rocky Top. - Tennessee Football

rSr/2023 OLB Jeremy BanksTennessee
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