KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Former Tennessee player Jalen Hurd is breaking his silence on why he decided to transfer from the University of Tennessee Football program.
On Monday, University of Tennessee Coach Butch Jones announced Hurd had decided to transfer from the football program. In a letter to Vols fans, Hurd said part of his decision to leave was based on the position he was playing.
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He was in his third season playing for the Vols and was one of the school’s top recruits. During a press conference in August, Hurd stated that many advised him to not become a running back.
“I don’t see my height as a running back as a disadvantage. I can see over everyone,” said Hurd.
On Sunday, he released the following statement about leaving the team:
I want to say thank you to the University of Tennessee for everything it did for me. Tennessee has and always will be my home. Transferring was completely my decision. It was not a decision made rashly but on eI have been thinking about for quite some time. While everyone may not agree with it, I feel it is in my best interest. I understood that the media would create multiple story lines as to why I made the decision so I want to inform you the truth. I came to Tennessee to help turn around a program that had stalled for years and create something special.
I don’t want anyone questioning my character, because I have always tried my best to be respectful of my coaches and considerate of the Vol community throughout my career. I have suffered multiple injuries this year that were not and should not have been disclosed including a concussion that sidelined me for the A&M game.
Coming to Tennessee, I understood the read option offense may not be the best fit for me, but I put that aside for my love of Tennessee and wanting to be part of a beloved program. While I had hoped for scheme adjustments to suit my strengths, this do not happen on consistent enough basis. This did have a factor in my decision as I want to play in an offensive scheme that highlights my abilities to run but also expands to allow me to show my abilities to catch the ball and be a mismatch for defenses.
While I won’t disclose every detail in my decision, I did want to shed light on certain things that led to one of the biggest life decision I have made.
I have nothing but respect for all of my coaches. I wish this program all the success. Thank you to all the fans and the entire Vol nation. Y’all are amazing and one of the best in the country!!”