KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Butch Jones says Jalen Hurd’s transfer is the result “of a long football season.”
The Vols junior tailback informed Jones on Monday that he intends to transfer immediately.
“I met with Jalen Hurd this morning, (and) Jalen has informed me that he intends to transfer, and I support him on that,” Jones said. “I’m thankful for everything he’s done for our program. But it’s all about our football program moving forward.”
There were reports that the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Hurd was upset he did not get to play in an offense more tailored to his strengths, but Jones said that’s not the case.
“I think it’s a combination of a long football season,” said Jones, whose offense runs primarily out of the shot gun with spread principles.
“I don’t want to speak for Jalen, there’s a lot of things that go into that decision,” Jones said. “The only thing I’ll say is I value our relationship and have a lot of respect for that young man and wish him nothing but the best.”
Hurd left Tennessee’s 24-21 loss at South Carolina having gained 16 yards on eight carries with an undisclosed injury, Jones said.
Hurd attended the Vols team meeting on Sunday night.
Jones said several players voiced their opinions and he’s optimistic there will be positive changes moving forward after the 24-21 loss at South Carolina.
“I always say, you’re either a fountain or a drain, what are you?” Jones said. “Sometimes it may take a moment like that, an opportunity we let slip away Saturday night, for all the players to speak up.
“We can’t leave our football season in Columbia, South Carolina. We have a lot of football to be played.”
Vols all-time rushing yards
1. Travis Henry (1997-2000), 3,078 yards
2. Arian Foster (2005-2008), 2,964
3. James Stewart (1991-1994), 2,890
4. Johnnie Jones (1981-1984), 2,852
5. Jamal Lewis (1997-1999), 2,677
6. Jalen Hurd (2014-Present), 2,638
7. Cedric Houston (2001-2004), 2,634