Jalen Hurd’s future remains unclear. The former Tennessee running back, who recently left the program, will either transfer to another school for his senior season or enter the NFL Draft.
Whichever path Hurd decides to take, his relationship with trainer Robert Paulele, a former UNLV running back, will continue.
Paulele recently told Rhiannon Potkey of The Knoxville News Sentinel that he will continue to support Hurd in his career, wherever that may lead him.
“I do know this, Jalen is such a focused guy and any entrepreneur or guys that are in leadership positions they know what they want and when they set their eyes on that goal they go after it with a hunger to achieve it,” Paulele told Potkey. “Whatever his decision is and what he is choosing to do I am going to support him.”
Potkey reports that Paulele has given Hurd recommendations on which path he should choose, but he wants the former Vols running back to make the decision himself.
Hurd informed Tennessee coach Butch Jones of his intent to transfer on Oct. 31. Prior to that, Hurd rushed for 451 yards and three touchdowns this season. He had 2,368 yards and 20 touchdowns in his three-year career.
Despite having some success with the Vols, Hurd recently shared he did not feel the Tennessee scheme was best tailored for his needs.
He may have to adapt in the NFL, perhaps even switching positions, something Paulele told Potkey he thinks Hurd could overcome.
“I told him this early on, if he gets drafted this year they may move him to an H-back role. But I think he’s such a God-given athlete with so much upside that he can make the transition very easily to wide receiver,” Paulele told Potkey. “He has already shown in college he has great potential as an NFL running back, so either way all roads lead to success. But it would just require a little bit more work toward the receiver end.”