As if things haven't been rocky enough lately in Knoxville, with the Vols coming off three straight losses, news broke early Monday morning that Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd is transferring.

Head coach Butch Jones confirmed the news in his weekly press conference later on Monday.

“I met with Jalen Hurd this morning and we had a conversation and I have a great relationship with Jalen. He has informed me he intends to transfer and I support him on that,” Jones said. “I am very, very thankful for everything he has done for our football program.”

The question is why would one of the best running backs in school history be transferring?

Hurd currently ranks sixth in rushing in Tennessee history with 2,634 yards and is less than 400 yards away from breaking the all-time record.

According to reports, the reasoning is two-fold: Hurd is frustrated with his role in Tennessee's offense, believing he was promised that UT would play more to his strengths as a power back this season, and also has a desire to change positions before entering the NFL. A post on a Tennessee message board said to be from Hurd's uncle was making its way around the Internet Monday.