Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd 'arrested by citation' for underage drinking
The day that Tennessee Vols fans celebrated the prospect of a two-headed monster in the backfield, reports indicate that current starter Jalen Hurd got “arrested by citation” earlier this month for underage drinking.
According to The Tennessean, police found the 18-year-old Hurd and another student in a dorm parking garage Dec. 3, and referred the case to Knox County officials for prosecution.
The university police report doesn’t specify which one, but police found one of the males unconscious and sent him to the hospital.
Hurd should be booked on charges of underage consumption of alcoholic beverages, a misdemeanor, on Jan. 20. As of Wednesday night, Tennessee has not made a public comment on whether Hurd will face any sort of discipline in the matter.
The 6-foot-3 freshman has rushed for 777 yards, including 100-yard games against Georgia, South Carolina and Kentucky, despite playing behind one of the weakest offensive lines in the SEC.
If the Vols elect to suspend Hurd for the TaxSlayer Bowl (Jan. 2 vs. Iowa), which seems like a strong possibility, Tennessee will turn to the maligned senior Marlin Lane, who carried a season-high 16 times for 51 yards in a Nov. 29 win against Vanderbilt.
Hours earlier on Wednesday, four-star JUCO transfer RB Alvin Kamara signed with Tennessee, filling Vols fans with a vision of Kamara and Hurd forming a formidable tag team in the backfield behind what should be an improved offensive line in 2015.
Also on Wednesday, a grand jury “recessed for the year without reviewing rape allegations” against A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams, The Tennessean reported. Neither player has been charged, but the investigation remains open and both are suspended indefinitely from the football team.