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Hooker Named a Davey O’Brien Award Semifinalist

Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker has been named a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award which honors the nation’s top signal caller. Hooker is the first UT signal caller to be named a semifinalist for the award since Erik Ainge in 2006. Peyton Manning is the only Vols’ quarterback to ever win the award, doing so in 1997.

Since coming off the bench to replace an injured Joe Milton in the 2nd half vs Pitt week 2 Hooker is completing 69.3 percent of his passes (129-186) – which is also on pace to be a new program single-season record – and has thrown for 1,894 yards and 21 touchdown passes with just two interceptions. With a career-high four touchdown passes in a road win at No. 18 Kentucky on Nov. 6, Hooker passed Peyton Manning’s 1996 season of 20 TD passes for 10th on the program’s single-season list. He ranks 4th in the FBS with 190.01 passer rating and has also been dangerous on the ground ranking second on the team in rushing with 458 yards and 4 touchdowns.

The next step in the award process will be to select the three finalists based on voting from the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee as well as the second round of the Davey O’Brien Fan Vote, which will take place on the award’s three social media accounts—Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. The top five vote getters on each platform will receive bonus committee member ballots which will be added to the votes cast by the National Selection Committee.

To participate in the Fan Vote, fans must like the original Davey O’Brien Award post highlighting the quarterback. Each round of the selection process will offer two one-week voting periods for fans.

The three finalists will be tabbed on Tuesday, Nov. 23. The winner will be announced live on Thursday, Dec. 9 on The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN.

The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award and honors candidates who exemplify Davey O’Brien’s enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics. It is presented annually to the collegiate American football player judged by the Davey O’Brien Foundation to be the best of all National Collegiate Athletic Association quarterbacks. In 1977, directly after the death of O’Brien, the award was established as the Davey O’Brien Memorial Trophy, and was given to the most outstanding player in the Southwest. In 1981, it was renamed the Davey O’Brien Award, expanded nationally in scope and limited to quarterback, the primary position of its namesake.

Over the years, the Foundation has created three additional awards to complement the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award: the Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship, the Davey O’Brien Legends Award and the Charles Ringler Founder’s Award. You can learn more about the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and the Davey O’Brien Award at daveyobrienaward.org

Photo Credit Andrew Ferguson Tennessee Athletics

Will Rabb

Will Rabb

Will is a Middle Tennessee native having been born and raised in Winchester. His love of radio began as a child listening to local stations on the way to school or while falling asleep at night. After High School, where he was active in student media, he attended the University of Tennessee majoring in Journalism and Electronic Media while covering sports for the campus radio station. He then moved into the business professionally as a board op/producer for Cumulus of Knoxville and the Vol Network. His radio journey then took him to Louisiana where he was the lead producer for ESPN New Orleans. After returning home to Winchester, he spent several years broadcasting local sports for stations in Franklin County before joining the Bowman Family. When he’s not at the station, Will enjoys spending time with his wife Shaina and his two fur babies (Toulouse and Belle), cheering on the Vols, Preds and Saints and in the kitchen or behind the grill trying out new recipes.

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