KNOXVILLE – Running back Jalen Hurd, Tennessee’s top commitment in the class of 2014, will miss his senior season with a shoulder injury, according to the Hendersonville Star News.
The Hendersonville, Tenn., native and standout at Beech High School injured his shoulder during Sunday’s nationally-televised game against Station Camp High School. Hurd briefly left the game after landing awkwardly on his shoulder, but returned a few plays later. That injury turned out to be more than minor, with further tests reportedly revealing a torn labrum.
Despite playing much of the game with the injury, Hurd still racked up 177 yards rushing on 21 carries to go along with three touchdowns and an interception on defense.
People will say things. People will criticize. But the future of the Beech bucs and myself will not be affected by this injury.
– Jalen Hurd (@MrHurd18) August 28, 2013
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound back rushed for 3,357 yards and 43 touchdowns as a junior in 2012, leading both Rivals.com and 247Sports to eventually rank him as a five-star prospect. Hurd also played safety for Beech and has been recruited for other positions by other colleges, but is expected to concentrate on running back when he arrives at UT.
Hurd committed to the Vols in March and will likely compete with returning senior Marlin Lane for the starting running back job at UT in 2014. He is expected to undergo surgery to fix the torn labrum and should be back to full strength by the time he is expected to enroll at UT this coming January.
Daniel Lewis covers Tennessee athletics for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter@DanielNooga