By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

Two college football players showed up big time this week and a couple earned National honors from the Walter Camp Foundation as Players of the Week. Hendon Hooker of Tennessee was selected on the offensive side while Zaylin Woods of Middle Tennessee State was the defensive standout.  

 Hooker showed his skills in front of more than 100,000 at Neyland Stadium by leading the Volunteers 38-33 SEC-opening victory over No. 20 Florida. The redshirt senior completed 22-of-28 passes for 349 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He made it happen with his legs too, gaining 112 yards on the ground and punching in another score. 

“Its great to be out there competing with my brothers,” said Hooker. “If you need to get the job done you should get it done.”
In total the Vols (4-0, 1-1, he logged 461 yards of total offense and became just the second player in program history to accumulate 300 yards passing and 100 yards rushing in the same game. VFL Joshua Dobbs, who was present for the win, is the only other quarterback to post such numbers, doing it twice in his Tennessee career.
Hooker becomes just the seventh Vol to earn Walter Camp Player of the Week acclaim and is the first to do so since linebacker Darrell Taylor won defensive honors on Nov. 10, 2018. Hooker is the first UT offensive player to capture the award since Dobbs did it on Nov. 20, 2016, following a win over Missouri.  

Meanwhile Woods and his teammates were making a big statement with their on ACC powerhouse Miami.  

Zaylin Woods (7) of Middle Tennessee State was WCFF Defensive player of the Week (Photo: MTSU athletics)

Wood played a major role in the Blue Raiders’ upset win at No. 25 Miami to lead a defensive unit that wreaked havoc on the Hurricanes all day, with the 45-21 win over Miami The redshirt sophomore turned in a career-best 2.0 sacks to go with 2.0 TFLs, a fumble recovery and his second career interception that he returned 15 yards for a touchdown.
 
The Redshirt sophomore from is just the third player in school history to win the Walter Camp National Player of the Week award and the first since Nov. 23, 2008 when running back Phillip Tanner grabbed the honor. The other winner was free safety Damon Nickson in 2006.