Allen Hurns ready to make impression in Jacksonville
May/27/14 08:03 AM Filed in: Allen Hurns
During his first three years at the University of Miami, Allen Hurns was a part-time starter and a full-time visitor to the training room.
Actually, it started in high school when Hurns tore the meniscus in his knee.
And with the Hurricanes, there was labrum surgery after the 2011 season and a concussion and broken thumb during the 2012 season.
But finally healthy last year, Hurns played all 13 games and had 62 catches for a UM single-season record 1,162 yards and six touchdowns.
“I felt early on it was going to be a good year because it was the first time I had an offseason. I was always delayed because of surgeries and injuries,” he said.
Hurns (6-2, 198) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds at the scouting combine and wasn’t one of the 33 receivers drafted.
Hurns signed with the Jaguars even though they drafted Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in the second round, hoping his familiarity with offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch (Miami’s play-caller during Hurns’ sophomore and junior years) helps him make an impact during camp.
Hurns said he never went through a down period after any of his injuries.
“Pretty much, the injuries kept me positive because once you go through that, it humbles you in a lot of ways,” he said. “Each time, it gave me motivation to bounce back and work harder. I just kept thinking about how the game had been taken away from me.”