Vols Not Pushing Panic Button Following Gamecocks Loss and Hurd Departure
As if the Vols loss to South Carolina wasn’t bad enough over the weekend, today we learned that leading rusher Jalen Hurd has left the team.
According to media reports, Hurd will transfer and look to play a new position, possibly tight end.
Hurd becomes the 12th member of Tennessee’s vaunted 2014 recruiting class to transfer or be dismissed from the team.
Jalen Hurd ran for over 2,600 yards at Tennessee.
He was roughly four hundred yards away from becoming the school’s all-time leading rusher. And now he has left the team.
Said ehad coach Butch Jones:”Jalen has informed me that he intends to transfer. I support him on that. I’m very, very thankful for everything that he has done for our football program.”
Tennessee’s leading rusher has walked out with the team mired in a three game losing streak.
Reporter:”Do his teammates possibly perceive that as quitting?”
Said Jones:”Well, I think it’s a combination of a long football season. Been contemplating that. I don’t want to speak for Jalen. There’s a lot of things that go into that decision.”
Reporter:”Butch, do you think team chemistry could actually improve after this?”
Said Jones:”I do. I think sometimes it’s very, very unfortunate that sometimes it may take a moment like that. Everybody wants to push the panic button. There is no panic button. That’s football. We live in a week-to-week season. We act like. Everyone is good in the Southeastern Conference. It’s the most competitive conference. If you show up, and you don’t play your best, you’re going to get beat.”
For Coach Jones, another key injury seems more disappointing that Hurd’s departure.
Said Jones:”Shy Tuttle. We’ve lost (DL) Shy Tuttle for the year. And uh, whew, I feel really, really feel for that young man. He has had a knee injury, and so he’ll miss the rest of the season.”
Tuttle missed about half of last season with a leg injury. Tennessee hosts Tennessee Tech on Saturday at 4pm.