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Heupel confident in Joe Milton heading into Vanderbilt matchup

The Joe Milton era has officially been restarted in Knoxville. The veteran quarterback will get his first start since last season against Pittsburgh on Saturday night, replacing Heisman candidate Hendon Hooker, who suffered a torn ACL in the loss to South Carolina.

Milton suffered an injury in that final start against Pitt, opening the door for Hooker. As it turned out, Hooker took the job and ran with it, putting together two of the best statistical seasons at quarterback that we had ever seen at Tennessee. With about 14 months on the sidelines, it’s now up to Milton to finish the job in 2022.