Jalen Hurd, a former Tennessee right-back starred on NFL debut with San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night. Jalen Hurd was a Tennessee right-back in the formidable batch of 2016 led by Butch Jones. They went 9-4 that season.
The star studded batch contained rookie stars of this pre-season Jalen Hurd and Preston Williams. The roster also included NFL stars of yesteryears like Derek Barnett, John Kelly and Cameron Sutton.
San Francisco 49ers: Jalen Hurd and Preston Williams NFL debut
Jalen Hurd and Preston Williams starred on NFL debut for San Francisco 49ers and Dolphins respectively. Like many others before them, they left the star studded roster of Tennessee 2016 later that season.
TD for the rookie out of Baylor!
— NFL (@NFL) August 11, 2019
Hurd and Preston Williams have now become a part of a list of players that left Tennessee for good. Hurd specifically reinvented himself and got a new role in Baylor of a primary receiver. After getting a lot of criticism for his transfer from Tennessee, Hurd became the newcomer of the year in 2018 in San Francisco 49ers.
Hurd was picked up by San Francisco 49ers in the third round of NFL 2019 Draft. He justified his selection by San Francisco 49ers on Saturday by catching two touchdowns on debut. Preston Williams on the other hand starred on debut for Dolphins catching four for 97 yards on Thursday.
— PFF (@PFF) August 9, 2019
Why Butch Jones couldn’t utilize his formidable batch at Tennessee
There’s a lot of argument why Jalen Hurd chose to leave Tennessee. A part of a formidable lineup, Hurd thought he could only fulfill his potential and longevity as a pass catcher. And indeed it does seem to work in his favor.
And with Preston Williams also performing admirably, it’s imperative to wonder what that 2016 batch could do. But Jones completely mismanaged an enviable pool of talent. The sole reason why he is just an analyst for Nick Saban right now.