Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd rarely gets mentioned as the SEC’s best, but one ESPN writer believes Hurd has Heisman Trophy potential.
Alex Scarborough listed Hurd as the conference’s Heisman Trophy sleeper candidate and added even more fuel to the Tennessee 2016 hype train.
“Hurd should be a household name by now,” Scarborough wrote. “If Tennessee competes for a spot in the playoff, as many expect, he will be before long.”
Hurd might not be a household name nationally at the moment, but he’s coming off a very productive sophomore season and should be a focal point of an extremely talented Vols offense. He ran for 1,288 yards and 12 touchdowns last season while sharing the backfield with fellow rising junior Alvin Kamara.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones upped the ante even further when he deemed Hurd the best running back in the country earlier this month. Hurd has also shown incredible strength during this offseason. This video of an insane treadmill workout won’t be encouraging to any opposing defenders.
LSU’s Leonard Fournette and UGA’s Nick Chubb may come to mind first when thinking about the best runners in the SEC. Perhaps we should consider adding Hurd to that conversation, as well.