Who is Hendon Hooker? All the facts and details on the Tennessee Volunteers' quarterback

Who is Hendon Hooker? All the facts and details on the Tennessee Volunteers' quarterback

The top NFL draft prospect for 2023, Allan Hendon Hooker, has been one of the season's highest contenders for the Heisman trophy. However, his recent mishap on the football court has thoroughly dampened the quarterback’s hopes of dominating the season. Dig in here to find out who Hendon Hooker is and more about his NFL career.

What is the status of Hendon Hooker's injury?
Tennessee Volunteers' number 5 quarterback Hendon Hooker throws a pass against the Kentucky Wildcats at Neyland Stadium in October 2022 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Photo by Eakin Howard.
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A near career-ending ACL injury and a 63-38 loss for the Volunteers has disheartened Hooker's teammates and fans. But the future looks dimmer for the fan favourite following the recent Tennessee game that led to his injury. Take a look at the detailed summary of the biography, stats, awards and the circumstances surrounding Hendon Hooker's injury.

Profile summary

Full nameAlan Hendon Hooker
NicknameHendo Cinco, Goofy
Age24 as of December 2022
Zodiac signCapricorn
Date of birth13th January 1998
Place of birthGreensboro, North Carolina, U.S.A.
EthnicityAfrican American
Height in feet and inches6'4''
Height in centimetres 193
Weight in pounds 218
Weight in kilograms99
Hand size10 1/2''
Relationship statusSingle
Net worth$1 million - $5 million
EducationJames B. Dudley High School, Virginia Tech, University of Tennessee
ProfessionProfessional football player
TeamsVirginia Tech, Tennessee Volunteers

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Who is the quarterback for the Tennessee Volunteers? On the 13th of January 1998, Hendon was born to Wendy and Allan Hooker in the United States of America's bustling Greensboro city of North Carolina.

Like his son, Alan Hooker was a stellar quarterback whose shining career earned him the North Carolina A&T Hall of Fame and the 1986 National Black College Offensive Player of the Year title. Take a look at some of Hendon Hooker's family and career photos from his social media page.

The top NFL prospect has two siblings, Nile and Alston Hooker. Hendon's brother, Alston, has played for Virginia Tech in the past and is now the starting quarterback for the University of Tennessee.

In 2021, Hendon Hooker wrote the book, The ABCs of Scripture for Athletes with his brother. Speaking to the media, Alston shared the inspiration for the book aimed at motivating athletes. He said,

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“We came up with the idea simply for other athletes and younger athletes to have a guide and reading opportunity that we desperately needed when we were kids."

Hendon Hooker's age

How old is the Tennessee quarterback? As of December 2022, the Greensboro native is 24 years old. His zodiac sign is Capricon.

What year was Hendon Hooker born?
Hooker runs with the ball for a touchdown against the Missouri Tigers at Neyland Stadium in November 2022 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Tennessee Volunteers won the game 66-24. Photo by Donald Page.
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How tall is Hendon Hooker?

According to NFLDraftBuzz, Hendo Cinco stands at 193 cm (6'4'') and weighs approximately 99 kg (218 lbs). His hand size is about 10 1/2 inches, while his arm length is 33 3/4 inches.


Where did the Tennessee quarterback go to high school? Hendon attended and played for the James Benson Dudley High School before joining Virginia Tech. Other than playing for Virginia Tech, Hendon earned his Public relations undergraduate degree at the school and is pursuing an MSc in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication.


Hendon was introduced to the game early and began playing football at four. In an interview with HBCUGameDay, Alston revealed his father's influence on Hendon's success. He said,

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“I’m so grateful for Hendon’s opportunity. People think that he just woke up and became a great quarterback and that is not the truth. I remember us working on footwork with my Dad in the seventh grade. It is not surprising that Hendon is doing great. He has not even scratched the max of his potential.”
Is Hendon Hooker a senior?
Hendon, the number 5 QB scores a touchdown against the Missouri Tigers at Neyland Stadium in November 2022 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Tennessee Volunteers won the game 66-24. Photo by Donald Page.
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After two years playing at Virginia Tech, Hooker made a graduate transfer to the University of Tennessee, where he has been playing since January 2021. Before joining the Vols squad, he had started in 15 games for Virginia Tech, scoring nine touchdowns with five interceptions and completing 98 out of 150 passes.

Hendon Hooker's stats

In October 2022, a report by USAToday revealed that Hooker was steadily rising, pushing out C.J. Stroud to become the number one college QB. Here is a summary of the total passing stats for the Vols quarterback with the third most passing yards in college football in 2022.

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YearTeamGames playedPass completions Pass completion %Yards Touchdown wins InterceptionsRate
2018Virginia Tech30-000-
2019Virginia Tech109961.11555132165.8
2020Virginia Tech89865.3133995153.5
2021Tennessee Vols1330368.02945313181.4
2022Tennessee Vols1132969.6313272175.5
2018 - 2022Career stats4594466.989748012172.2

Hendon Hooker's awards

  • Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Finalist 2022
  • Davey O'Brien Award Class of 2022
  • 2022 Maxwell Award Preseason Watch List
  • Top 25 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award 2022
  • 2023 Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List
  • Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week 2022
  • Maxwell Award Player of the Week 2022
  • Four-time Reese's Senior Bowl Offensive Player of the Week 2022
  • SEC Offensive Player of the Week 2021, 2022
  • Davey O'Brien Award Great 8 2021
  • Manning Award Star of the Week 2021, 2022

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Why did Hendon Hooker leave Virginia Tech?
Hooker runs with the ball against the Kentucky Wildcats in the second quarter at Neyland Stadium In October 2022 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Photo by Eakin Howard.
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Is Hendon Hooker injured?

The Tennessee Volunteers lost their up-and-coming college football stats leader during a game against South Carolina. Hendon, who was in the lineup to win the Heisman Trophy, suffered a torn knee anterior cruciate ligament injury that will see him miss the rest of the season.

Although Hendon Hooker's parents have not released a statement on the Tennessee QB's recovery process, thousands of fans, teammates, and coaches have sent encouraging messages, prayers, and tributes to him on social media. His teammate, offensive lineman Jerome Carvin spoke to the media after the match, saying,

“It was probably one of the worst things I have seen out there. To know how hard he works and he is probably the hardest-working guy I have ever played with. It is so unfortunate for it to happen to a guy like that. If I know anything, I know he will bounce back from it for sure. He is a warrior. I know he will.”

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Is Hendon Hooker on Instagram?

In five years, Hendon has spearheaded a sharp rise in the status of Tennessee football, including their number 2 national ranking. This accomplishment has contributed to Hooker's fame. He has about 113,000 followers on Instagram and over 43,500 followers on Twitter.

Thousands of Tennessee fans have come to know who Hendon Hooker is because of his hard work and unparalleled dedication to the Vols. With no updates on his progress, many can only pray and hope that he returns to the field.

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