TENNESSEE RB JALEN HURDButch Jones gives an refurbish on a standing of Tennessee regulating behind Jalen Hurd | 0:20
Tennessee manager Butch Jones gives an refurbish on a standing of Tennessee regulating behind Jalen Hurd.
TENNESSEE RB JALEN HURDOutback Bowl MVP Jalen Hurd’s press discussion | 1:59
Press discussion of Outback Bowl MVP Jalen Hurd of Tennessee on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, during Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Hurd rushed for 130 yards on 24 carries and scored a touchdown in Tennessee’s 46-6 win over Northwestern. (Chris Tilley / Special to a News Sentinel)
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Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs discusses a opening of regulating behind Jalen Hurd in Tennessee’s 45-6 win over Northwestern in a Outback Bowl on Friday, Jan. 2, 2016 during Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (Grant Ramey / News Sentinel)
TENNESSEE RB JALEN HURDVols wish some-more weight on Jalen Hurd | 2:03
Vols regulating backs manager Robert Gillespie gives his impressions of 5 star early enrollee regulating behind Jalen Hurd, who played high propagandize football during Beech.
Tennessee regulating behind Jalen Hurd announced on Oct. 31 that he was withdrawal a Vols’ football program. Publicly, there is a lot of poser to a reasons that he over a group mid by a season. Here’s what we know:
Who is he: Jalen Hurd, a 6-foot-4 University of Tennessee youth regulating behind from Hendersonville.
His football credentials: In his initial dual seasons in Knoxville, he played in 26 games (starting 22) and rushed for 2,187 yards and 17 touchdowns and hold 57 passes for 411 yards and 4 touchdowns. He entered his youth deteriorate ranked 12th in a program’s all-time rushing record and fifth in career 100-yard games with 10. He was named a Most Valuable Player of a 2016 Outback Bowl when he rushed for 130 yards on 24 carries in a win over Northwestern.
Projections for a season: He entered a deteriorate on many of a preseason All-SEC teams and All-America group lists. He was projected to be drafted in a early rounds of a 2017 NFL draft. Coach Butch Jones pronounced he was a Heisman Trophy candidate, a endowment that goes to college football’s tip player.
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What happened this season: He played in 7 of a Vols’ 8 games, rushing 122 times for 451 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also hold 10 passes for 81 yards. He had a season-high 110 yards in a season-opening win over Appalachian State.
Was he harm this season?There are opposing reports since he left a Oct. 1 Georgia diversion after rushing 10 times for 42 yards. He was not on a margin during a thespian fourth-quarter comeback. After a game, manager Jones pronounced he left a diversion since of a lower-body injury. Later in a week, Jones pronounced he was hold out since of an upper-body injury. A university orator pronounced he missed a subsequent diversion on Oct. 8 opposite Texas AM since of an vague injury. He was singular to 13 carries for 28 yards opposite Alabama on Oct. 15. Then, on Oct. 29, opposite South Carolina, he gained 16 yards on 8 carries in a initial half, though did not play in a second half.
Why he left program: Publicly, it’s a mystery. Football manager Butch Jones announced Monday that Hurd intends to transfer.
What he’s said: Nothing. Hurd has not commented publicly.
What he Tweeted: On Sunday, Nov. 6, regulating his Twitter account, MrHurd_1, he tweeted: “Transferring was totally my decision. It was not a preference finished wastefully though one we have been meditative about for utterly some time.”
He also pronounced wrote “multiple injuries this year that were not and should not have been disclosed” and pronounced a concussion kept him out of Tennessee’s diversion opposite Texas AM.
Did a group assembly coax a decision? The Vols have group meetings any Sunday night. There are some reports that some Vols teammates approached Hurd during that meeting, seeking a regulating behind since he did not play in a second half of a South Carolina. It’s misleading either Jones or other members of a coaching staff were in a room when a players approached Hurd.
What manager Butch Jones said: At his weekly press discussion on Oct. 31, Jones said: “I met with Jalen Hurd this morning and we had a review and we have a good attribute with Jalen. He has sensitive me he intends to send and we support him on that. we am very, really grateful for all he has finished for a football program.”
What his mom Tara Smotherman said: Writing on her Facebook page, she pronounced she did not determine with her son’s preference to leave a Tennessee program, though she pronounced she would support his preference to leave Knoxville and finish his career during another school.
What his stepfather Arthur Smotherman said: In a video posted on his Facebook page, he pronounced that Hurd left a Gerogia diversion since of a concussion. He rebutted rumors that Hurd had been benched since of showboating or since of miss of bid on a football field.
Standout during Beech: Hurd rushed for a state record 3,357 yards and 43 touchdowns in 2012, his youth season. In his comparison year, he ran for 177 yards and 3 touchdowns in a deteriorate opener opposite Station Camp. He also postulated a shoulder damage in a game. He did not play again his comparison season. He had his uniform series late during Beech.
Hasn’t he eliminated before? Yes. He attended Montgomery Bell Academy during his beginner high propagandize season. When his family changed to Sumner County, he eliminated to Beech in time for his sophomore season.
What’s subsequent for Hurd: His options are limited. He can send to another college football program, though NCAA manners demarcate him from personification during a 2017 season. The beginning he can play competitively in a NCAA is a 2018 season. He might still opt for a 2017 NFL draft, that will be hold in Philadelphia, Apr 27-29. To do so, he contingency surprise a NFL of his goal by late January. He would expected get an invitation to a NFL mix in Indianapolis, Feb. 28-March 6 when NFL executives test, director and talk a tip prospects.
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