In his first season as a starter, Hurd started all 13 games set a career high with 91 tackles... Led the Mean Green in tackles three times: against Alabama (10), TCU (16) and South Florida (10)... Was named Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week following his 16-tackle effort against TCU... Finished second on the team in tackles and ranked No. 10 in the Sun Belt Conference... Recorded six tackles for losses as well as one sack and two interceptions – all career highs... Ended up in double figure tackles three times and narrowly missed two other games when he finished with nine against Texas and eight at Arizona... Had an interception against Cincinnati in the New Orleans Bowl... Hurd was awarded the Byron Gross Award as the team’s outstanding linebacker by the coaching staff and was also named first team Verizon Academic All-District VI.
Saw action in every game, registering 22 tackles as a backup middle linebacker... Had a season-high five tackles, including four solos against Louisiana Lafayette... Had four tackles each against TCU and Arkansas State... He also forced one fumble and had two pass deflections.
Made six tackles including two for loss against UNLV. He suffered an injury in that game and missed the next three weeks. He returned to make five tackles against Boise State, including another for the loss. His injury continuted to bother him and he saw limited duty the rest of the season. He finished with 14 total tackles, including three for loss and earned his first letter. 1999: Hurd was a redshirt after making the team as a walk-on.
Had 143 tackles in just ten games as a senior at Killeen High School. He earned second team all-state, and first team all-area honors as a senior. Chris is the son of Gordon Mansfield and Sonjia Jo Hurd and was born November 30, 1980 in Ft. Hood, Texas.