Inside the Numbers: Hendon Hooker

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Hendon Hooker
The Tech offense is completely different with Hendon Hooker. (Jon Fleming)

We all know that Hendon Hooker has made a huge impact on the Virginia Tech offense this year.  His performances – including his worst performance to date – have all passed the eye test.  Likewise, the Virginia Tech offense has passed the eye test every time Hooker has been behind center.

We know he passes the eye test, and the Hokies haven’t lost a single football game with him as the starting quarterback.  But exactly how much better is Tech’s offense?  What do the numbers tell us?  They tell us what we already suspected…there’s no comparison between the Hooker offense and the offense with either Ryan Willis or Quincy Patterson as the starter.

The Offense With and Without Hendon Hooker

In my Sunday article, I went over Virginia Tech’s rushing numbers with and without Hendon Hooker as Virginia Tech’s starting quarterback.  To refresh your memory, here they are…

Without Hooker: 138.2 yards per game
With Hooker: 214.75

Tech’s worst rushing game with Hooker behind center (Miami, 153 yards) is better than every game the Hokies played without him as the starter, with the exception of the Furman game (227 yards).


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