Tennessee football podcast: Fallen Vols star Jalen Hurd lurking – SECcountry.com

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ? Tennessee fans were reminded that Jalen Hurd?s football future remains in limbo thanks to a social media message from his mother on Twitter.

That?s one of several issues addressed in today?s Tennessee football podcast with SEC Country writer Mike Griffith and WNML?s Josh Ward.

Hurd could and probably should have been performing at the NFL combine had things ran a normal course in Knoxville.

Instead, his whereabouts and intentions are unknown.

Tara Smotherman?s curious Twitter outburst?occurred after Alvin Kamara impressed at the NFL combine last week, leading some who don?t follow the Vols? program closely to ask why he didn?t play more during his two seasons in orange.

Part of the answer was that Hurd was the better, more reliable and durable player in 2014 and 2015.

Hurd, in fact, was closing in on Tennessee?s all-time rushing mark ? 440 yards away ? before things went awry at midseason. Things climaxed when Hurd reportedly refused to re-enter what proved to be a pivotal loss at South Carolina.

A players? meeting followed the Vols? costly defeat to the Gamecocks, and it resulted in the talented Hurd leaving the program.

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Hurd has since talked to several programs, among them Michigan State, Ohio State, Cal, Oregon and Louisville, though there?s no clear indication where he might end up.

The future of the gifted 6-foot-4, 240-pounder remains in question, to the extent that no one is sure what position he will play.

Hurd is plenty capable of lining up as a running back, and that?s where his passion has always been.

Hurd said before the start of last season he felt he could run out of any formation, but the Vols? offensive line was dreadful the first half of the season, and running out of the shotgun proved difficult.

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Hurd?s pass-catching skills and size would enable him to play several positions once he?s back on the football field, should he not go back to running back.

The key is for him to get back into a program, because the longer Hurd sits out, the more his skills will deteriorate.

As for the tweet from his mother, it was surely a sign of frustration that many parents can understand.

Indeed, many wonder how Hurd ? one of the most talented Tennessee football players in recent memory ? could fall out of football so quickly.

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