Hurd already looks like a veteran among Tennessee running backs

It is nothing new to hear someone say positive things about Jalen Hurd.

The University of Tennessee freshman was a record-setting running back at Beech High School, a U.S. Army All-American and, according to some, the top recruit in the state.

The fact that he enrolled at UT in January, though, makes him seem like one of the old guys on the roster. That was the assessment Sunday of running backs coach Robert Gillespie, who watched Hurd for 15 spring workouts well in advance of fall camp, which opened late last week.

“Those 15 practices that Jalen Hurd got are invaluable,” Gillespie said. “I really don't look at him as one of the new guys. I don't look at him as a freshman because he knows what we expect. He knows the tempo. He's done a good job along with Marlin (Lane), Deanthonie Summerhill.

“All those guys have done a really good job pushing those new guys.”

If Hurd is as good as most expect, his presence on the roster will get old for opponents in no time.