KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12:  Jalen Hurd #1 of the Tennessee Volunteers runs with the ball against the Oklahoma Sooners during the game at Neyland Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Ex-Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd reportedly set to visit Louisville

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Add an ACC football program as a potential landing spot for a former SEC running back.

Citing three separate sources, Scout.com is reporting that Jalen Hurd will visit the Louisville campus this weekend.  That website added “that Hurd has expressed an interest in playing tight end at the school he picks.”

It’s previously been reported that the 6-4, 240-pound Hurd has already paid a visit to Ohio State.  A pair of Pac-12 schools, Cal and Oregon, are also reportedly interested in the player.

According to the same Scout story, Hurd will not be leaving Tennessee as a graduate transfer, meaning he would have to sit out the 2017 season.  He’d then have one season of eligibility remaining that he could use in 2018.

In late October, Hurd stunned most observers when he decided to transfer from the Volunteers in the midst of the 2016 regular season.  Hurd’s mother indicated in a Facebook post at the time that she didn’t necessarily agree with her son’s decision, while his father fought back against speculation that the running back’s decision was triggered by a benching.

When Hurd left Rocky Top, he was leading the Vols in rushing with 451 yards.  At the time of his departure, Hurd was also 445 yards away from breaking Travis Henry‘s school record for career rushing yards.  Instead, his 2,634 yards leaves him in sixth place all-time.

Hurd was a four-star member of UT’s 2014 recruiting class who held an offer from, among others, OSU before signing with the Vols.  He’s yet to use his redshirt season.

Reports: Ex-Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd to visit Ohio State

BRISTOL, TN - SEPTEMBER 10: Running back Jalen Hurd #1 of the Tennessee Volunteers carries the ball against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the first half at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 10, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)
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Tennessee’s loss could turn into Ohio State’s ground gain, depending on how things play out in the coming days.

In late October, Jalen Hurd stunned most observers when he decided to transfer from the Volunteers in the midst of the 2016 regular season.  Hurd’s mother indicated in a Facebook post that she didn’t necessarily agree with her son’s decision, while his father fought back against speculation that the running back’s decision was triggered by a benching.

Three months later, ElevenWariors.com is reporting that Hurd will visit the Buckeyes this weekend.  The Cleveland Plain Dealer subsequently confirmed the initial report.

It’s unclear if Hurd will be leaving UT as a graduate transfer.  If that’s the case, he’d be eligible to play for OSU or any other FBS program in 2017 — Cal’s rumored to be a potential landing spot as well.  If not, he’d have to sit out the 2017 season, leaving him with one season of eligibility that he could use in 2018.

When Hurd left Rocky Top, he was leading the Vols in rushing with 451 yards.  At the time of his departure, Hurd was also 445 yards away from breaking Travis Henry‘s school record for career rushing yards.  Instead, his 2,634 yards leaves him in sixth place all-time.

Hurd was a four-star member of UT’s 2014 recruiting class who held an offer from, among others, OSU before signing with the Vols.  He’s yet to use his redshirt season.

Rough start for Nebraska as Tennessee leads at halftime of Music City Bowl

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 1: Joshua Dobbs #11 and Coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers celebrate after the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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It wasn’t always pretty for Tennessee to start the Music City Bowl but eventually the offense started to click in the second quarter and the defense put forward their best effort in months to help the Vols hold a 21-7 halftime lead over Nebraska.

Quarterback Joshua Dobbs showed off his arm (163 yards) and his legs (71 yards, two touchdowns) against the Blackshirt defense as he looks to close out his career with a postseason win. John Kelly was nearly as effective running the ball as his signal-caller and finished with 53 yards and a score on the ground while Alvin Kamara chipped in with 49 yards of total offense as well.

While there were several positives to build off offensively for the Vols, things weren’t so rosy in the half for the opposite number. Ryker Fyfe was very shaky in his first start for the team at quarterback but did throw a beautiful touchdown strike to Brandon Reilly just a few minutes before the whistle to cut into the lead and give the team some late life. One issue for the second half might be the lone running threat for the team, Terrell Newby, appears to be out with an injury.

Hopefully the play for both squads will pick up after a few adjustments in the locker room as neither side played all that sharply until the final five minutes of the second quarter. The Music City Bowl was one of the more attractive matchups of the postseason based on the caliber of programs involved, but the play has not quite matched so far for two teams who desperately want to grab a victory.

Oklahoma DT Charles Walker leaves team to focus on NFL Draft

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 5: A general view of the stadium during the game against the Akron Zips September 5, 2015 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Akron 41-3.(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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The calendar has been in accelerated in college football this year. Fresno State and Florida International have already hired head coaches for the 2017 season. Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd left his team with a month to go. And now Oklahoma defensive tackle Charles Walker will reportedly leave his team to prepare for the NFL Draft.

There’s been an odd push in some circles to see high-value college players (Jadeveon ClowneyLeonard Fournette) to skip their final seasons to complete year-long Draft prep, and that camp apparently has its first convert.

The circumstances here are different than a Clowney or Fournette situation. Walker suffered a concussion against TCU on Oct. 1 and hasn’t played since.

A Garland, Texas, native, Walker was a Second Team All-Big 12 selection a year ago but missed the Sooners’ Orange Bowl loss to Clemson with concussion symptoms as well.

He’ll finish his career with 53 tackles, 13 TFLs, 6.5 sacks and one forced fumble.

Florida QB Luke Del Rio will miss time as SEC East race gets weirder

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - NOVEMBER 5:  Luke Del Rio #14 of the Florida Gators throws an off balance pass during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Razorbacks defeated the Gators 31-10.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury, throwing another wrench into an SEC East battle that’s become a grinding war of attrition.

Del Rio injured his shoulder during Florida’s 31-10 loss to Arkansas on Saturday and couldn’t lift his duffle bag, according to coach Jim McElwain. Purdue transfer Austin Appleby will take over at quarterback for the Gators as they head into a strangely pivotal game against South Carolina and former coach Will Muschamp.

Florida is 4-2 in SEC play but still has that makeup game against LSU looming. If Florida loses to South Carolina and LSU, and Kentucky beats Tennessee, Mark Stoops’ Wildcats would play in the SEC Championship game with a 5-3 conference record.

If Florida were to lose out, Kentucky and Tennessee (if it beats Kentucky, Mizzou and Vanderbilt) would be the only teams in the SEC East with a shot at winning five conference games.

South Carolina’s chances of winning the SEC East are slim, but not zero. Josh Kendall of TheState.com laid out the scenario here.

The way things have gone in the SEC East this year, it’s almost fair to expect something weird and improbable to happen. Maybe that means South Carolina or Kentucky wind up playing Alabama in the SEC Championship. Or maybe it’s more mundane than that and Florida beats South Carolina, earning its second consecutive trip to Atlanta. But this is one of those chaotically-intriguing conference races that features far more intrigue than good football.