The initial reaction to the news of Jalen Hurd leaving Tennessee is finally over. Now after about a week of speculation of exactly why the former starting running back left, Hurd finally spoke out.
Hurd, who spent his first two full seasons and eight games of his junior year with the Vols, finished his Tennessee career with 2,638 yards and 20 rushing touchdowns. Hurd had some struggles this season only averaging 3.7 yards per carry while dealing with several nagging injuries. Hurd was overshadowed in his last game in a Vol uniform by sophomore running back John Kelly. A day after rumors began to swirl around that Hurd would be transferring, those rumors became true last Monday.
Hurd released a statement via twitter a day after the Vols first game without him against Tennessee Tech:
The statement comes as a way of closure to some Tennessee fans, although there are some things that still have not been fully explained. This appears to be an attempt by Hurd to save his image, especially for future NFL general managers. Rumors will continue to fly around regardless. Hurd has not expressed publicly whether he will transfer or enter the draft.