Tennessee lost to the University of SC this past weekend, 24-21. He did not play in the second half because he was injured, according to Jones.
On a personal level, Hurd's year has been a reflection of the frustrating nature of the Vols' season. Defensive lineman Danny O'Brien was dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules and wide receiver Preston Williams was granted his release to transfer.
Jones also said that Joshua Dobbs, who turned in a sloppy performance at SC, will remain as the Vols' starting quarterback, adding, "Make no mistake about that".
Tennessee began the season as the favorite in the SEC East with a plethora of top-10 talent.
"I met with Jalen Hurd this morning". He also had two receiving touchdowns.
A number of things led to Hurd's decision to leave the Volunteers program, Jones said. I think he'd probably be a better tight end or H-back than he is a running back, so I'm okay with the position switch, but to walk out at this point of the season is ridiculous. "I don't want to speak for Jalen", Jones said.
Jones confirmed those rumors during his Monday press conference, adding that he 'wished the young man nothing but the best'. Every Friday night we present the keys to winning, and when I called his name the whole team went insane. But Hurd, who rushed for 1,288 yards last season, has just 451 yards this season and is averaging only 3.7 yards per carry. Kamara missed that game due to injury, and Kelly ran for 94 yards on a team-high 14 carries. His longest run this season was 28 yards. Jones later said there'd be a change in practice structure to emphasize more "good on good", first-team versus first-team drills, and closed by saying "We're all moving forward".
If this is it for Hurd, he leaves after having a pretty productive career in Knoxville. It's unknown where he plays next season, and there's a chance he could declare for the 2017 NFL Draft, but I believe he will transfer to MI and here's why. The situation doesn't paint Hurd in a great light as a mid-season transfer for a starting player is rare. Kelly said other players would need to step up with Hurd's absence.