KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Jalen Hurd was 440 yards away from setting Tennessee’s rushing record, but the junior tailback will not have a chance to break the record.
The former star tailback is transferring from the program, coach Butch Jones announced Monday.
“I met with Jalen Hurd this morning. He has informed me he intends to transfer,” Jones said.
“I’m thankful for everything he’s done for program.”
On Sunday evening, rumors swirled about Hurd’s status, and on Monday morning, WMNL’s Jimmy Hyams tweeted, “Sources: Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd told teammates last night he plans to transfer and play receiver or tight end at his new school.”
In Tennessee’s 24-21 loss at South Carolina, Hurd carried the ball 8 times for 16 yards and a touchdown, but the 6-foot-4, 240-pound junior did not return to the field after the second quarter for undisclosed reasons.
Just last week, Jones called Hurd “one of the best backs in the country.”
Hurd has battled a number of injures this season, totaling just 451 yards on the ground. His 3.7 yards per carry is the the worst in the SEC among all runner with at least 100 carries.
During his career at Tennessee, Hurd tallied 26 starts and 2,638 yards rushing yards. He sits sixth all-time at Tennessee.
Vols all-time rushing chart
- Travis Henry (1997-2000), 3,078 yards
- Arian Foster (2005-2008), 2,964
- James Stewart (1991-1994), 2,890
- Johnnie Jones (1981-1984), 2,852
- Jamal Lewis (1997-1999), 2,677
- Jalen Hurd (2013-present) 2,638