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Jalen Hurd | Wide Receiver

Team: Baylor Bears
Age / DOB:  (22) / 1/23/1996
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 217

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Baylor redshirt senior WR Jalen Hurd accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.
Hurd transferred to the Bears from Tennessee, and also transferred positions; moving to wide receiver after playing running back for the volunteers. He was Baylor's top playmaker as a wideout, catching 69 passes for 946 yards with four scores. What's interesting about this acceptance -- not that a talented player playing in the Senior Bowl isn't interesting -- is that Hurd underwent knee surgery on December 4, and has already been ruled out for the Texas Bowl. We'll see if he's healthy enough to play in the game, as a strong showing at the practices and games would do a lot for his draft stock. Wed, Dec 12, 2018 06:40:00 PM

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ESPN's Jake Trotter reports that Baylor redshirt senior WR Jalen Hurd underwent knee surgery on Tuesday.

Per Trotter, Hurd is not expected to be healthy enough to participate in Texas Bowl action against Vanderbilt at the end of the month. For all intents and purposes, this knee procedure will close out his collegiate career. After transitioning to receiver from running back following his transfer from Tennessee, Hurd came out to post a sharp 69-946-4 receiving line across 12 games played for the 2018 campaign. We'll keep tabs on his recovery off surgery as he heads into the draft process upcoming. Assuming he is healthy enough to test out come the combine, we could see monster athletic numbers from the wideout. Over the summer, Bleacher Report passed along from Baylor's coaching staff that Hurd was capable of posting marks including a 40-inch vertical, a 4.40-second 40-yard dash and a scintillating time of 3.8-3.9 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle. We cannot wait to see how his evaluating process plays out, as there is a ton of upside, here.
Tue, Dec 4, 2018 01:46:00 PM

Baylor HC Matt Rhule told reporters he was unsure if redshirt senior WR Jalen Hurd would be able to play in the Texas Bowl against Vanderbilt.

While Hurd was able to play in the finale against Texas Tech, it sounds like he might not be able to give it a go against the Commodores on December 27. If he isn't able to go, his collegiate career is over, but his strong play as a wideout in 2018 likely gets him looks at the next level.
Mon, Dec 3, 2018 11:30:00 AM

Baylor redshirt senior WR Jalen Hurd caught four passes for 68 yards in Saturday's 16-9 loss to TCU.

If Baylor (5-6) loses to Texas Tech next week to get knocked out of bowl season, the offense will look back at this game all winter as the one that got away. TCU was down to their four-string quarterback and generated nothing offensively outside of two long Jalen Reagor touchdowns. For Baylor to qualify for a bowl, they only needed to take care of the ball and cross the goal line a few times. The Bears failed on both accounts, losing three turnovers (the sluggish TCU offense, meanwhile, had zero turnovers) and scored only one touchdown (the extra point was blocked). There will be much soul-searching this week in Waco ahead of the regular season finale.
Sat, Nov 17, 2018 03:49:00 PM

Baylor redshirt senior WR Jalen Hurd caught five passes for 81 yards in Saturday's 28-14 loss to Iowa State.

Hurd (6'4/229) was hurt by Charlie Brewer's ejection, but the redshirt senior still managed to create a couple big plays as he usually does. The former running back was able to pick up 46 yards on eight carries, so he finished with 127 total yards. NFL teams will likely be split on how to handle Hurd this Spring, but his talent shows as a receiver, even if his mechanics and route running are raw. Hurd gets two more games (TCU, Texas Tech) to put out more tape as a receiver before heading to the 2019 NFL Draft.
Sat, Nov 10, 2018 08:24:00 PM

Baylor redshirt senior WR Jalen Hurd caught five passes for 72 yards in Saturday's 23-17 loss against Texas.

Hurd had two big drops in the game, including a would-be touchdown in the third quarter. Fortunately, he redeemed himself minutes later with a two-yard touchdown run out of the I-formation (Hurd had 13 rushing yards on six attempts). Hurd's talent pops in every game, but he remains extremely raw as a receiver. For somebody this inexperienced, his numbers are kind of incredible, with a 47-622-3 receiving line through seven games (along with 112 yards and three TD on the ground). Baylor is on bye next week, which is really good news for a team coming off such a huge near-miss.
Sat, Oct 13, 2018 07:36:00 PM

Baylor redshirt senior WR Jalen Hurd caught 11 passes for 135 yards in Saturday's 37-34 victory over Kansas State.

Hurd (6'4/229) also ran for 56 yards and a touchdowns on eight carries. It's becoming clear that Hurd is Baylor's best running back and also its best wide receiver. Because he wants to play receiver in the NFL, Baylor mostly uses him in the slot and feeds him heavy targets over the middle. But the Bears also run with him out of the I-formation a small handful of times per game because of his obvious effectiveness. NFL evaluators are paying very close attention to his acclimation process. It's going very well, with the obvious caveat that Hurd remains raw and is running a very limited route tree.
Sat, Oct 6, 2018 07:33:00 PM

Baylor redshirt senior WR Jalen Hurd caught six passes for 57 yards in Saturday's 40-27 loss to Duke.

Hurd's education continues. The final stat line was okay, and Hurd was probably Baylor's best offensive player on Saturday, but from the eyeball test it's clear he has more to work on in advance of moving to the NFL next year. Hurd's timing got thrown off a bit by some of Duke's press coverage, and he had a particularly egregious drop in the second quarter that was almost ruled a fumble. The work continues next week against Kansas.
Sat, Sep 15, 2018 07:37:00 PM

Baylor redshirt senior WR Jalen Hurd caught eight passes for 136 yards and a score in Saturday's 37-20 win over UTSA.

Hurd (6'4/229) is adjusting to wide out extremely well. Always a fantastic athlete with great size, Hurd is making it clear that he can have a future as a receiver with a huge performance in his second game at the position. The redshirt senior was the Bears leading receiver after averaging 17.0 yards per catch. This is quite the story, and it is certainly still not finished. Baylor takes on Duke next week.
Sat, Sep 8, 2018 10:54:00 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes that Baylor redshirt senior WR Jalen Hurd's best position for NFL purposes might be running back.

Pauline refers to the 6-foot-4, 229-pound Hurd as a "nice-sized athlete," but is not yet sold on his transition to wide receiver. Though to be fair, it's difficult to ascertain just how well the former Volunteer's transition from running back to wideout has gone since he arrived in Waco. He sat out the 2017 season to satisfy NCAA regulations and Bears HC Matt Rhule has largely kept Hurd out of the spotlight this offseason. He's spoken in near-hyperbolic terms regarding the progress his pupil has made, though, with Rhule telling Bleacher Report in July that he believes Hurd will "play a long time in the NFL" and has the chops to be an "elite receiver." We'll have our first opportunity to see how Hurd's coming along when Baylor opens the season against Abilene Christian a week from Saturday. At this juncture, Pauline views him as a mid-Day 3 prospect.
Fri, Aug 24, 2018 01:18:00 PM

Baylor redshirt senior WR Jalen Hurd has been timed at between 3.8 and 3.9 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle.

"You'll write this story, and in your mind, I'm sure you're thinking, Man, they're making all of that up," Baylor assistant Evan Cooper told Bleacher Report's Matt Hayes of Hurd's testing marks, which include the ability to squat over 500 pounds, a vertical jump of 40 inches and a 40-yard dash timed consistently around 4.40 seconds. That 20-yard shuttle time cited above is an elite athletic indicator. Hurd -- who one scout believed would have been a first-round running back talent had he come out for the 2017 draft -- left Tennessee under dubious circumstance midway through the 2016 season, but former coaches and teammates in Knoxville have stepped to bat to dispel character concerns and Baylor HC Matt Rhule has spoken glowingly about his team-first attitude since he's arrived in Waco. The dynamic athlete has spent the last year transitioning to receiver, a move he believes will help extend his playing career at the next level.
Sat, Jul 14, 2018 12:41:00 PM

Baylor HC Matt Rhule said that redshirt senior WR Jalen Hurd will be "an elite wide receiver."

"He's going to play a long time in the NFL," Rhule said of the former Tennessee running back. Hurd (6'4/229) was a 29-game starter with the Vols prior to his surprise transfer to Baylor last spring. He sat out the past season to satisfy NCAA regulations, but that year off probably wasn't the worst thing for him, as that time off was invaluable for his transition to wideout. In an extensive Bleacher Report piece on Hurd's current place in the FBS universe, he offered a well-reasoned explanation for his decision to switch position -- that of health and career length -- saying that "Receivers are more valued than running backs in the NFL, and I can play this game a lot longer and can be more valuable as a receiver." We'll have our first chance to see Hurd in his new playing digs (and at his new position) when Baylor kicks off the season against Abilene Christian on Sept. 1.
Fri, Jul 13, 2018 04:57:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg lists Baylor redshirt senior WR Jalen Hurd as one of the top transfers to watch for in the 2018 season.

Hurd was a running back at Tennessee, but he not only switches schools as Rittenberg notes, he switches positions to wide receiver. "The 6-foot-4, 229-pounder started 29 games at running back for Tennessee, where he ranks second in team history in carries (589) and sixth in rushing yards (2,638)," writes Rittenberg. "He wanted to expand his game as a receiver and should give Baylor a dynamic option in the passing game." Don't be surprised if Baylor finds a way to get Hurd the ball in several ways, and for him to be one of the top options for whomever lines up at quarterback for the Bears in 2018.
Source: ESPN
Mon, May 21, 2018 04:46:00 PM

Baylor head coach Matt Rhule said senior WR Jalen Hurd is making "everyone around him better with his effort and the way he practices."

Hurd, who transferred from Tennessee after leaving the Vols prior to the end of the season, will be sidelined for the year due to transfer regulations. It might ultimately help him, as Hurd has played running back his entire career, so the transition to receiver is a big one. It might be a physical change as well, since Hurd was listed at 6-foot-4 and 240-pounds.
Tue, Aug 8, 2017 12:05:00 PM

Tennessee senior RB Jalen Hurd transferred to Baylor.

This is a big-time acquisition for new HC Matt Rhule, who has already navigated, in addition to the ongoing scandal at Baylor, a change in offensive philosophy and a large migration of NFL talent to the NFL. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Hurd left Tennessee after complaining about the offensive philosophy. Hurd, a former five-star recruit, also cited unspecified injuries. Perhaps because of those injuries, Hurd wants to change positions at his new school. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that he will play receiver at Baylor. At his listed dimensions, Hurd would be one of the largest receivers in the NFL (to say nothing of college). He is one inch shorter and eight points heavier than Plaxico Burress' listed playing size. Hurd was a gifted receiver out of the backfield who had 67 receptions across 33 career games in Knoxville. Hurd will sit this season to satisfy the NCAA's transfer rules. He'll have one year of eligibility remaining in 2018.
Sun, Apr 23, 2017 10:24:00 AM