Vols Jalen Hurd named to sleeper Heisman candidates list

Nashville, TN, United States / The Game Nashville
University of Tennessee  running back Jalen Hurd (Associated Press)

University of Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd (Associated Press)

The 2016-17 College Football Season is six months away, so, naturally, ESPN.com has already put out a list of sleeper Heisman candidates.

But, what the hell; this is SEC country, right? College football season never ends south of the Mason-Dixon.

On the ESPN.com blog College Football Nation post which you can see in its entirety here, reporter Alex Scarborough details why University of Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd is the dark horse prospect to hoist the Heisman Trophy next year. Scarborough appears to be a regular proponent of the Vols’ tag-team duo of Hurd and running mate Alvin Kamara, who have not received as much national attention as other players at the same position.

 Here is Scarborough’s quick take on why people should familiarize themselves with Jalen Hurd:

He’s not the most talked-about player in his conference, his position or even on his own team. Some early Heisman odds have him trailing Leonard Fournette, Nick Chubb and Bo Scarbrough among SEC running backs, and Scarbrough has never started a game. Even Hurd’s teammate, quarterbackJoshua Dobbs, steals his thunder. Making matters worse, fellow Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara steals his carries. But forget that! Hurd is a beast. Have you seen the video of him running 23.1 mph on a treadmill? Ridiculous. The 6-4, 240-pound junior is an athletic marvel with the ability to run with power and speed, as well as catch the football. Think of him as the SEC’s version Christian McCaffrey. With 2,187 rushing yards and 21 career touchdowns, Hurd should be a household name by now. If Tennessee competes for a spot in the playoff, as many expect, he will be before long. — Alex Scarborough

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