Running back Jalen Hurd led the Tennessee Volunteers in rushing back in 2015 with 1,285 yards. Then a sophomore, Hurd also put up a staggering 14 touchdowns.
Unfortunately for the Volunteers, Hurd left the team midway through the 2016 season due to rifts with the powers to be. Suggestions were that he was unhappy with the team’s offensive scheme.
Despite reports that Hurd might return to Knoxville for his senior season, it looks like he will indeed remain away from the team. In fact, there’s now a decent chance that the multi-dimensional running back will enter this upcoming summer’s Supplemental NFL Draft.
RB Jalen Hurd is NOT returning to UT, despite rumors. Don’t be surprised if he enters supplemental draft. I don’t see him sitting a year
— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) March 22, 2017
It surely is an interestingly dynamic to look at. As mentioned in the report above, Hurd would have to sit out a season if he were to transfer to another school. That’s a less-than-ideal scenario for a running back in today’s football world. Age itself is more prevalent when it comes to this position than any other on the gridiron.
At 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, Hurd has the size to be an every-down back in the NFL. Add in his receiving ability and this is magnified even further.
While players are rarely selected in the supplemental draft, something tells us Hurd would be a high-round pick should he choose that route to the NFL.