Report: Jalen Hurd's decision to transfer was 'brewing for awhile'
Jalen Hurd’s decision to transfer from Tennessee reportedly wasn’t made on the spur of the moment.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) October 31, 2016
ESPN’s Chris Low said Monday on the Paul Finebaum Show that Hurd has possibly been planning a transfer before the season even started. Volunteers coach Butch Jones confirmed the move Monday, just two days after his team’s surprising loss to South Carolina.
There’s no official word on why Hurd left the program, but there has been plenty of speculation.
A man claiming to be Hurd’s uncle posted on a popular Tennessee message board that the coaching staff made false promises to the running back, namely installing an offensive scheme that would better fit the 240-pounder’s running style.
The Vols ran Hurd out of the I-formation during their crushing Outback Bowl win against Northwestern last year, which allowed him to rack up 130 yards on 24 carries. After Tennessee didn’t find a ton of success using a similar scheme against Appalachian State in the season opener, the Vols returned to their spread zone-read rushing attack.
Backup running back Alvin Kamara was a non-factor before Hurd got injured, receiving only 22 carries in the first four games. If the coaching staff tried to appease Hurd by giving him the bulk of the touches, it didn’t work out in the end.