KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Jalen Hurd’s name was never uttered, but Tennessee coach Butch Jones commented on the recent uptick of midseason transfers during the SEC Teleconference on Wednesday.
The Volunteers have lost a pair of former 5-star recruits in the last three weeks, as receiver Preston Williams left the team on Oct. 13 and then the Hurd — on pace to become the school’s all-time leading rusher — abruptly left the team Monday morning.
“I think every young man has their own reasoning why,” Jones said on kids leaving during a season.
“There’s a difference behind it. You can never devalue the team concept with everything that goes into it. I do think it’s becoming more prominent though. But every young every young man has their reason leaving a program.”
Tennessee is looking to move forward from the recent soap opera and snap a three-game losing streak on Saturday. The Volunteers host Tennessee Tech at 4 p.m.
Jones called his team “hungry,” and has liked the way Tennessee has responded early in the week.
“We’ve had a very good week of preparation. A very workmanlike approach,” he said.
“(We’re) looking to get back to our winning ways.”