A great 2016 season has just been derailed for the Tennessee Volunteers. After losing three games after starting the season undefeated. The news got worse today, as Jimmy Hyams reported that running back Jalen Hurd is transferring. Butch Jones confirmed the news today during a press conference.
Hurd wants to transfer to another school and play wide receiver or tight end with a goal of playing in the NFL. After a sophomore season where he rushed for 1,288 yards and scored 12 TD's, Hurd is leading in rushing this season with 451 yards. Hurd is not happy with the role he's playing at Tennessee, and he's playing less of a role. Also, you have to believe that losses to Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina played a role in his decision.
Hurd will sit the rest of the season, and if he does graduate from Tennessee early, then he can be eligible to play next season. 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 Michigan and here's why.
Hurd doesn't have ties to Michigan, but the Wolverines will be losing their top running backs after this season. So there's an opportunity for Hurd to play in Ann Arbor next season, assuming if he can transfer as a graduate student. Hurd believes he has a future in the NFL, at running back or playing another position, and he's entitled to his opinion. Harbaugh played and has recently coached at the college level, in which it makes him one of the top college head coaches in the game.
With the satellite camp as evidence, if you believe it was controversial or not, Harbaugh has shown us he can find the right talent anywhere. Hurd's transfer has gotten him attention, and what would pass as an opportunity to recruit him as a Wolverine for next season.