KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Jalen Hurd’s departure from Tennessee continued to dominate the news cycle, his family disclosing that he had contemplated leaving the team last season.
Hurd, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound tailback, was apparently hoping for more opportunities running the ball out of the I-Formation, where he could line up deeper in the backfield and have the opportunity to get more momentum before encountering potential tacklers.
Coach Butch Jones’ employs a shotgun, spread type of set, lining the tailback up next to the quarterback a heavy percentage of times.
Smaller, quicker backs like Alvin Kamara and John Kelly have appeared more effective than Hurd out of that formation this season.
Jones announced the news of Hurd’s decision to quit the team on Monday, and on Tuesday four Vols players were made available to the media to share their thoughts on the tailback’s decision to leave.
It was only a week ago that Jones staunchily defended Hurd, calling him one of the best backs in the country and promising there would be many opportunities ahead.
SEC Country’s Mike Griffith and WNML’s Josh Ward discussed Hurd’s contributions, role and future on Wednesday’s podcast.