Butch Jones offers explanation for Jalen Hurd's absence in fourth quarter
Tennessee star running back Jalen Hurd was mysteriously absent during the fourth quarter of the 34-31 come-from-behind heart-stopping victory over Georgia.
Rumors were swirling all throughout social media as to why Hurd virtually disappeared from play after catching a 19-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Head coach Butch Jones addressed the issue during the postgame presser:
Butch: Jalen Hurd has a "lower extremity injury." All he'll say right now.
— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) October 1, 2016
Hurd very well may be injured. However, it didn’t appear as if a noticeable injury was caught on film. CBS sideline reporter Allie LaForce noted that at no point did any trainers go over and check on Hurd’s physical status throughout the game.
The absence very well may be a disciplinary tactic — which may have initially stemmed from his momentary lapse in judgment when inexplicably fumbling at the goal-line in the first quarter.
On the afternoon, Hurd finished with 42 yards rushing on 10 carries. He also caught three passes for 50 yards and one score.