KNOXVILLE - A week after announcing his decision to leave the team, former Vols running back Jalen Hurd tweeted part of his reasoning behind the decision.
Hurd said there was a mismatch of play styles between what he and the team wanted, and wished nothing but the best for Tennessee and its fans.
You can read that tweet here:
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 one I have been thinking about for 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 storylines 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 did not happen on a 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 decisions 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!!"