The Tennessee Volunteers are at home against the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday. Both teams are on pace to break school records. Tennessee is second in points scored per game (46.8) while Alabama ranks sixth in total defense (250.8 yards per game). Tennessee is expected to win this game, as they’ll have a great chance of matching their season high.
UT-Martin is coming off a bye week
Coming off of a bye week, UT-Martin football will take on a tough schedule to close out its regular season. The Skyhawks are 3-0, and will face two ranked opponents to close out the season. On Oct. 1, UT-Martin will travel to Southeastern Conference opponent Tennessee, which is coming off a 2-9 season. On Oct. 10, the Skyhawks will play Missouri State, which is ranked sixth nationally.
UT-Martin is coming off a week off, but this doesn’t mean they’re out of the woods yet. This is a team that won’t take any of their games for granted. As a result, they’ll need to come out on top. That’s the first step in the road to the OVC championship.
On Saturday, UT-Martin is coming off a break, but the Bobcats have a lot to look forward to. The Bobcats haven’t played Boise State since 2013 and will be attempting to make up for lost time. They also have a bye week to prepare for the postseason.
UT-Martin’s quarterback is Hendon Hooker
In his sophomore season, Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Hendon Hooker is considered one of the favorites for the Heisman Trophy. Hooker topped last year’s winner Bryce Young by throwing for 385 yards and five touchdowns. In total, he has 1,817 yards and 15 touchdowns through the air. He has also rushed for 287 yards and three scores. His offense is one of the best in the nation and he should not be overlooked.
Tennessee has one of the best offenses in the country, and few teams have figured out how to get in the way of the Volunteers’ offense. However, Hooker has noticed that teams are changing their looks against him. They are throwing him new wrinkles almost every week. One recent opponent was UT-Martin.
His grandfather, Leon Hooker, was a proud and loving grandfather to his grandson. Hendon’s success was a dream come true for both of them. His grandfather, who passed away at the age of 78, had seen the young quarterback’s potential early in life. In fact, he began videotaping his son’s warm-ups while he was a redshirt freshman at Virginia Tech. Hendon has already been honored by playing in the East-West Shrine Bowl and the college all-star game.
Hooker’s impressive play as Tennessee’s starting quarterback has earned him praise from former NFL players. Robert Griffin III, the Heisman Trophy winner, has been a fan of Hooker for a long time. Former wide receiver Derrick Mason is also on the Hooker train.
After spending two seasons at Virginia Tech, Hooker has emerged as one of the best quarterbacks in the country. He is third in the SEC in passing yards and touchdowns and leads the SEC with a 179.5 passer rating. His numbers have made Aaron Rodgers jealous.
Hooker’s ability to make plays as a dual threat has also garnered him serious traction as a Heisman candidate. Currently, he is the third-best player in the Heisman futures market, trailing only USC’s Caleb Williams and Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud. He is certain to be a finalist in this year’s Heisman Trophy voting, and it’s possible he will even win the award.
Tennessee’s offense is on pace to set a school record
Tennessee’s offense is on pace to set another record today, this time for scoring total yards in a game. The Volunteers are averaging 41.5 points per game, and they have already scored at least 35 points in six straight games. That’s a new school record. The Vols averaged 244 points through their first six games in 1993, and that’s a good thing. Tennessee’s offensive output is historic, and their 66 points today are more than they have scored in any SEC game since the conference was formed. Tennessee’s 724 total yards is more than any team has scored in just three SEC games in their history. They scored 66 points against the nation’s 13th-ranked defense. Four different Tennessee players finished with at least 50 yards.
Tennessee’s offense has a lot of potential, and Heupel has proven to be a good one. Heupel has a knack for getting open for his receivers, and freshman quarterback Hendon Hooker has blossomed in Heupel’s offense. The ‘Vols have an aggressive passing attack, and they’ve been able to score from long distance as well. Their running game is also gaining in numbers. With 474 yards per game, Tennessee is third in the SEC.
Tennessee’s offense is ranked fifth in the College Football Playoff rankings, and it’s a good thing for fans, who have seen the Vols improve in both the SEC and the 2021 rankings. With two unranked teams remaining on its schedule, Tennessee will need to watch TCU and Oregon closely. Both teams have quality opponents ahead, including potential conference championship games.
Another impressive statistic: Tennessee’s offense is on pace to set an offensive record today. The Volunteers have scored a touchdown in 20 consecutive games, tying the record of 18 games in 1993. Additionally, Tennessee’s wide receivers have received at least one touchdown in 14 straight games. That’s more than Marcus Nash had in one season.
The Titans’ receivers have a wealth of weapons. Junior Jalin Hyatt has emerged as one of the best receivers on the team. He was injured in the second half of last season and is hoping to play Saturday. The tumbling quarterback is backed by a strong secondary. In addition to Hyatt, the Titans also have Bru McCoy and Jalen Hyatt.
LSU’s quarterback is Jayden Daniels
Jayden Daniels is the quarterback of the LSU Tigers. He previously played for the Arizona State Sun Devils before transferring to LSU in 2022. His ability to throw long passes and make big plays makes him a valuable asset for the Tigers. He is a talented athlete and is eager to improve his game.
Daniels has shown that he is capable of leading the Tigers and has already made a lot of people proud. His cool demeanor and ability to take charge have already been admired by Kelly. His leadership qualities have been evident throughout the offseason. This Friday night, Daniels will face the Florida State Seminoles in their home opener.
Daniels is expected to start the next game and has the experience to do so. He’s a solid fit for offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock’s scheme and has improved his arm in the last few years. But if Daniels is not ready to take the reins, the coaching staff has another option for him: Garrett Nussmeier. Both quarterbacks are expected to play this year.
Although Daniels has a very athletic frame, he is not the most physically-built quarterback. He needs to add some bulk and muscle during the offseason to develop his body. But he’s a good all-around quarterback who is capable of making all the necessary throws in the SEC. His arm is quick and he can change the speed of the ball with ease. He also has a good footwork and can make many plays with his feet.