Huge news coming out of Baylor today as former Tennessee Volunteer running back Jalen Hurd announced that he will be heading to Baylor to resume his college career.
Next chapter. pic.twitter.com/DbdDqP14EY
— Jalen Hurd (@MrHurd_1) April 22, 2017
Hurd’s decision to transfer was a bit controversial as it came in late October, in the middle of the season, not typically a time known for transfer announcements. It is commonly thought that Hurd and Tennessee coach Butch Jones didn’t exactly see eye to eye, and that Hurd was frustrated by how he was being used in the Volunteer’s offense. There might be something to that, too.
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound running back finished his Tennessee career with 2,638 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns in three seasons. However, it is his receiving skills that has caught coach Matt Rhule’s eye. ESPN’s Jake Trotter is reporting that the Bears plan to use Hurd as a receiver. He hauled in 67 career receptions for 492 receiving yards and another six touchdowns as a Volunteer.
The job coach Matt Rhule has done on the recruiting trail for the Bears is incredible. Obtaining one of the most electric and powerful back that the SEC had to offer the last couple of season is simply remarkable for a program many thought would take a significant step back in the wake of sexual assault scandal over the last couple of years.
Hurd’s commitment is great news for Baylor and not-so-great news for the defenses of the Big 12. However, big 12 defenses will get one small break. They won’t have to face Hurd until 2018 as he has to sit out a year to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. Hurd has just one year of eligibility remaining, but this upcoming season will count as his redshirt year since he has not previously used it.