KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee tailback Jalen Hurd will return to action against top-ranked Alabama, coach Butch Jones announced Wednesday.
The junior tailback missed the Volunteers 45-38 loss at Texas A&M last Saturday with multiple undisclosed injuries, but Hurd practiced Tuesday.
“He’s practiced. It’s been great to have him back on the practice field,” Jones said during the SEC Teleconference.
“He’s back full-strength. I’ve really liked the way he’s approached the week. We’re excited to have him back. He’ll be back and ready to go.”
On the season, Hurd has 407 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns, adding a pair of receiving scores as well. He took a shot in the Georgia game, fumbling at the goal line, only to return to the field later and catch a touchdown.
Against Texas A&M, junior tailback Alvin Kamara replaced Hurd and became the first Power 5 player in 20 years to total over 150 receiving yards and 125 rushing yards in the same game. Kamara accounted for more than 300 yards and 3 touchdowns in the loss.
It remains to be seen how Tennessee with divvy up the touches between Hurd, Kamara and third-string back John Kelly against the nation’s No. 1 rushing defense on Saturday (3:30 p.m., CBS).