Hendon Hooker discusses Tennessee's team goal of winning SEC championship

No. 3 Tennessee (8-0, 4-0 SEC) defeated No. 17 Kentucky (5-3, 2-3 SEC), 44-6, Saturday at Neyland Stadium in Week 9.

The win is Tennessee’s fifth top 25 victory during the season.

Following the win, Tennessee redshirt senior quarterback Hendon Hooker discussed the Vols’ team goal of winning a Southeastern Conference championship.

“We want to win the SEC championship,” Hooker said after Tennessee’s win versus Kentucky. “Our goal is to be playing in Atlanta at the end of the season.

“Every day we come in, it’s another day at the office. The same way a mailman goes and delivers the mail, the same way we go into the football facility. Lifting weights, hopping on film, and trying to get better every day.”

Next are postgame quotes following the Vols’ win versus Kentucky.

Hendon Hooker on Tennessee's defense that improves each week “Day in and day out, I see the defensive guys putting in extra work, whether that’s getting on the jugs, which you can see these guys (Brandon Turnage and Doneiko Slaughter) have been getting on the jugs heavily. 

Hendon Hooker on Tennessee's defense that improves each week Making great plays on the ball and coming out and playing with their hair on fire, which is their goal. I’m extremely proud of them and love to compete with them every day. It’s a heated battled on that practice field, and I’m excited to get back out there and compete against them.”

Hendon Hooker on Tennessee's approach from week-to-week “Like I say every time I get up to the mic, it’s business. We’re here to accomplish a goal that we set in January. Whether we’re No. 1 or No. 25, it doesn’t matter.

Hendon Hooker on Tennessee's approach from week-to-week We’re going to approach every game the same way, take every opponent seriously and prepare that way. Our preparation has showed that we’ve prepared the right way when game time hits.”

Jalin Hyatt on his record-breaking performance “I’m not trying to think about the accolades. Whatever it is, we just got to be game this week. We’re worried about what we can do and how far we can take it.

Jalin Hyatt on his record-breaking performance With the guys we have on this team, I think they have the same goal. We all have the same goal, and I think that’s why we’re capitalizing on our opportunities.”

Jalin Hyatt on next week’s Georgia game and Tennessee’s success “That’s what you live for. You live for games like that and you know we are going to bring our all for Georgia. It’s definitely going to be our healthiest team coming into Georgia. 

Jalin Hyatt on next week’s Georgia game and Tennessee’s success We’ve got our guys back. It starts with Coach Heupel. It starts with the coaches just keeping the next-game mentality. We preach that every team meeting, every practice. We treat it like every game is a big game. 

Jalin Hyatt on next week’s Georgia game and Tennessee’s success We just got to keep going, keep capitalizing on what we’re doing, and just every opportunity that presents itself we have to take advantage of.”

Josh Heupel on Tennessee's win versus Kentucky “It was a great day in Knoxville with the atmosphere and Vol Walk. The energy inside the stadium well before our guys even came out of the tunnel was awesome. I can’t thank our guys enough.

Josh Heupel on Tennessee's win versus Kentucky It was great seeing a bunch of former players back here for Champions Weekend. That was fun. The atmosphere here all night long was an advantage for us, so thank you to the fans.

Josh Heupel on Tennessee's win versus Kentucky Defensively, I thought we did an unbelievable job controlling and dominating the line of scrimmage. 

Josh Heupel on Tennessee's win versus Kentucky We did a great job of matching out guys on the backend. We played real ball tonight, and it was suffocating defense. It was fun to watch those guys. Special teams did a great job.

They created plays in the early part of the season through the return game.

Our guys did a great job. Paxton Brooks was awesome all night long and our cover units, too.

Offensively, we did enough to score enough points to get a good win.”

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