Tennessee fans direct serious frustration at Butch Jones after seeing Jalen Hurd's impressive NFL debut
During his time on Rocky Top, Jalen Hurd nearly became the school’s all-time leading rusher in only three seasons of play. We all know what unfortunately happened next.
The in-state star left the team midseason after refusing to return to the field against South Carolina in 2016 in a game that ended up resulting in the Gamecocks pulling a massive upset against the Vols. That loss is one that haunts many Tennessee fans to this day and was ultimately the beginning of the end for Butch Jones at Tennessee.
While many were angry at Hurd at the time, the vast majority of that anger has turned away from the former Volunteer and is now being directed at the current Alabama intern. In case you have forgotten, Jones is currently in his second season of internship down in Tuscaloosa working for his boss, Nick Saban.
After one season at Baylor, Hurd was selected in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers as a receiver.
In his NFL debut on Saturday, Hurd caught two passes against the Dallas Cowboys.
TD for Jalen Hurd-smashing his way in. pic.twitter.com/sYTXi1xbbf
— Mickey Ryan (@MickeyRyan1045) August 11, 2019
— John Chapman (@JL_Chapman) August 11, 2019
After seeing Hurd successful transition to a new position in the NFL, Vol Twitter responded with some interesting takes that mostly blame Butch for wasting all the talent he had to work with on Rocky Top:
Butch Jones had Jalen Hurd, Preston Williams, and Alvin Kamara on offense with Josh Dobbs and still didn’t win. Williams, Dobbs, and Hurd having great preseasons and Hurd doing it a different position. And Kamara is just Kamara, special. Butch was so bad @TheVOLColonel
— Josh Hamlin (@Coach_Hamlin) August 11, 2019
Jalen Hurd will always be one of my All Time Favorite Vols . Butch Jones was an ASS CLOWN .
— john forsyth (@johnforsyth09) August 11, 2019
Seeing Jalen Hurd and Preston Williams do great in the preseason and Alvin Kamara’s NFL career so far make me that much more pissed that Lyle didn’t know what to do with them at Tennessee 😡
— Jack Faulkner (@MeetTheFaulkner) August 11, 2019
So Preston Williams goes off for 97 yards in his NFL debut, and now Jalen Hurd catches a touchdown in his debut in just the first half for the 49ers. What do they have in common? Neither one of them played WR for Butch Jones while they were at Tennessee.
— Andy Burkett (@CoachABurkett) August 11, 2019
Butch Jones should never be allowed to be a head coach again period!!! Jalen Hurd, the resort and not to mention #41
— Rodney Cummings (@Govols4Rodney) August 11, 2019
I want to beat the hell out of butch jones! Look at the dejected Jalen Hurd after beating FL, Jones tried to ruined him! I’m proud for you Jalen! pic.twitter.com/6PaWaGlpxM
— PhilipJ (@tnsportsman) August 11, 2019
If LYLE would’ve let Jalen Hurd play WR and Alvin Kamara at starting RB I’m convinced we would’ve won a national championship https://t.co/o9YFOFCCyY
— Kevin (@KevDawg5) August 11, 2019