He actually did gather the odd ball in the air last season, but it was a rare occurance, partly because he'd copped on enough not to jump most of the time. The other frustration I had with him was that for a guy that should be physically more imposing than any of our other backs (last season) he rarely made than physicality count, but again he did show some signs of improvement in that area.
IF hurley can master the art of catching a ball when jumping to gather it like Felix or Rob Kearney then great he should be considered more for FB. Shaun Payne was a master at it and dowling was pretty damn good at it too. It was one of the weaknesses of Barry Murphy's game too in the early part of the 05/06 season when he was being played on the wing watching him under a high ball was instant torment with not having a clue if he'd gather it or not.