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Beech tailback/safety and Tennessee commitment Jalen Hurd underwent surgery on his right shoulder Tuesday.

Hurd suffered a season-ending torn labrum during the reigning Class 5A champions' Aug. 25 win against Station Camp.

The top player on GameTime Dandy Dozen list of top Midstate college prospects, Hurd had 177 rushing yards and three touchdowns along with an interception in the 42-39 win despite taking an awkward hit on the shoulder during the first quarter.

In addition to repairing the tear, a large piece of bone was taken from another part of the shoulder in order to stabilize it and guard against another dislocation, said Tara Smotherman, Hurd's mother.

Dr. Burton Elrod, team physician for the Tennessee Titans, performed the procedure at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital. It is the second surgery Hurd has had in less than a year, following a similar injury to a different area in the same shoulder last fall.

This procedure was not done arthroscopically, as the earlier one was, Smotherman said.

"He'll be in a lot more pain than the last time, but (Elrod) said it should be solid as a rock," she said.

As a junior, Hurd rushed for a state single-season record 3,357 yards along with 43 touchdowns and was named Class AAA Mr. Football Back of the Year. For his career, he has 5,608 yards and 71 touchdowns — leaving him 619 yards and six touchdowns short of the state's all-time top 10.


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