Hendon Hooker Withdraws From Transfer Portal

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Hendon Hooker will return to Virginia Tech. (Photo by Jon Fleming)

Rising redshirt sophomore quarterback Hendon Hooker has withdrawn his name from the transfer portal and will return to Virginia Tech for the 2019 season.

Hooker originally decided to transfer from Virginia Tech after it appeared that he would be stuck behind Ryan Willis and Quincy Patterson, but has since had a change of heart.  He apologized to his teammates in his statement.

“I regret the time that I’ve missed with my teammates in preparation for spring ball,” Hooker said.  “I apologize to them and my coaches if I appeared to have a lack of commitment in what we’re trying to achieve here at Hokie Nation.”

Hooker is expected to rejoined Tech’s offseason workouts immediately and be with the team with spring practice begins on March 3.

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  1. I don’t know what it is but I like this guy HH. He seems like a class act and he is clearly a class athlete. I’m glad he’s here and hope we find a good spot for him.

  2. So, did Fuente say he would take him back in terms of scholarship? I believe the last quote from Fuente on this subject was that each portal return case would be evaluated individually in terms of whether they would retain the scholarship. Maybe I missed something or Fuente has not commented on this yet.

  3. Just another guy caught up with all the knuckled headed poor leadership that was on this team. Just glad those guys are all gone

  4. I am 100% behind this decision. With JJ gone, he has a real chance at play in the next few years. Guys get hurt, so even if he isn’t the #1 guy, he may still see the field. I can’t help but to think of using him for trick plays with QP or RW on the field. Having 3 solid options this year is great!!!

  5. The Deuce is back, where he belongs!!!
    Section 7 & 336 all 🙂
    As noted by many this is how to use the portal…

    Let’s Go…Hokies!!!
    BEAT BC

    1. 100% agreed. There is nothing wrong with him testing the waters. He is on the outside looking in here. If a good enough opportunity came calling there would be nothing wrong with him taking it and running with it.

  6. I sense a little bit of fight in HH. Humility, too, but some fire in the belly that will make him competitive.

    Also, he’s got some experience at Tech…this fall is his third year here and he enrolled in January 2017. So he has three years to compete. I don’t think we’ve seen his best yet.

  7. Happy he’s back, and agree with those who say the coaches need to find a way to get him on the field.

    1. I think it is on BOTH sides. HH has to make it hard on the coaches to keep him off the field and THEN it is on the coaches to figure out how best to utilize what he gives them.

  8. His decision to try the portal is understandable considering the other QBs at VT. Now that he is back the coaches just need to figure out how to get him on the field.

  9. A lot of us were afraid that many of our second (or third) string players would leave once the transfer portal began. And some will. But there are only so many first string I-AA players available across the country. My guess is the transfer portal may not be the panacea many players thought it would be. We’re all learning what this new thing is, including the fans, coaches and players.

    That said, I’m glad Hooker is back as a Hokie. Best of luck, Hendon!!!

  10. Happy to have Hendon “back”…all will be fine and perhaps also regarding others’ thought processes forward….

  11. He sounds contrite and cognizant of how this might look to his teammates. We have all made a rash decision and then suffered from regret. I once broke-up with my now wife and it was a bad decision. Perhaps I was not as valuable on the open market as I may have thought. Not saying that was the case for him. I would imagine a lot of other programs felt he had merit (apparently unlike other girls and me) and I hope he can contribute here.

    1. I traveled the same path: dated my now-wife, broke up with her, circled back around, and married her. True story.

      Boy, her mother didn’t trust me … she came around, though.

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