Hendon Hooker gives Vols the experience edge at quarterback

Tennessee Athletics photo by Ian Cox / Tennessee sixth-year senior quarterback Hendon Hooker has thrown 35 touchdown passes and only two interceptions since becoming the Volunteers starter last September.

The numbers continue to add up for Tennessee sixth-year senior quarterback Hendon Hooker.

Especially the ones that matter most.

"I haven't played to my standard yet, but we've been winning ballgames," Hooker said this week in a news conference, "and that's the end story I'm looking for."

While victories continue to take precedence for the 6-foot-4, 218-pounder from Greensboro, North Carolina, ranking a strong second is avoiding mistakes. Hooker has picked up where he left off last season in that department, having yet to be intercepted through the 3-0 start that has earned Josh Heupel's Volunteers a No. 11 ranking entering Saturday afternoon's Southeastern Conference Eastern Division showdown against No. 20 Florida inside Neyland Stadium.

Since making his first Tennessee start in the third game last year against Tennessee Tech, the transfer from Virginia Tech has thrown 35 touchdown passes and just two interceptions.