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Alex Hall

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 238 | College: St. Augustine
 
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Overview

Having joined the football program as a 195-pound freshman, Falcons fans have not only seen Hall grow as a person, but also as a football player. Playing a position where he is generally out-weighed by opposing offensive tackles, his fearless nature and urgency to get to the ball carrier. Since earning a full-time job in 2005, Hall has ranked among the nation's leaders in tackles behind the line of scrimmage in each season (12th with 17 in 2005; 8th with 19 in 2006, 16th with 15 in 2007).

Unquestionably the school finest football player since the Falcons re-instituted football in 2002, Hall holds all the school season and career records for tackles for losses and sacks.

Because of his lanky frame and sudden burst off the line, professional scouts were favorably comparing Miami's standout linebacker Joey Porter, a collegiate defensive end who made a successful move to a stand-up position.

At C.H. Flowers High School, Hall lettered in football as a tight end and defensive end. He was more known for his basketball exploits, earning All-Area honors in that sport. At 195 pounds, no recruiters were "knocking" on his door with a football scholarship in their hand upon graduation.

With a young program looking for athletes, Hall enrolled at Saint Augustine's. In 2005, he quickly established himself as one of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association's rising stars. Starting ten games at right defensive end, the now 230-pound Hall posted 53 tackles (31 solos) with six sacks, leading the team and ranking 12th nationally with 17 stops for losses. He recovered three fumbles, converting two into touchdowns and also caused a fumble, as he added one safety and four quarterback pressures.

In 2006, Hall garnered All-American and All-CIAA first-team accolades. Along with line-backer Kevin Jones, the pair became the school's first All-Americans since the college began playing football again in 2002. He set a school season-record with 13 sacks, and ranked eighth in the NCAA Division II ranks (second in the league) with 19 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also finished third on the squad with 57 tackles (38 solos).

As a senior, Hall was again named All-American and All-CIAA. He missed the Virginia Union game and was limited in two others by a nagging neck stinger, but still came up with 46 tackles (23 solos) and seven sacks, as his 15 stops for losses ranked 16th in the nation. He added five pressures, recovered a fumble and blocked a kick.

In his last 29 games, Hall recorded 156 tackles (92 solos), as he set school career-records with 26 sacks for minus 168 yards and 51 stops for losses totaling 239 yards. He added 11 pressures with a forced fumble and blocked a kick. He recovered four fumbles, returning two for touchdowns and also broke up four passes.

Analysis

Positives: Tall and rangy player with good straight-line speed, tight midsection and long limbs … Shows adequate range to drop back in pass coverage, using his change of direction agility to make plays working in space … Long strider with a quick initial step off the snap, showing the ability to plant-&-drive out of his breaks with no wasted motion … His ease of movement when changing direction allows him to work down the line in attempts to string plays wide … Plays with some leverage and can press off blocks … Very effective blitzer off the edge, playing better when flowing to the play … Looks faster than his 4.75 clocking … Shows the hip swerve and turning ability to drop with good angles defending the pass in the short area … Has sudden quickness getting off the line and the speed to close as a nickel rusher … Has slowly developed a good feel for blocking schemes and now uses his hands with efficiency to play off blockers … Good with his counter moves when trying to slip past the offensive tackle and is developing enough of a hand punch to shock smaller blockers … Adequate tackler who will face up and wrap ball carriers with enough force that he does not need assistance … Brings his hips and displays sudden moves coming off the edge as a pass rusher … Special teams standout who serves as the jumper on field goals and extra points … Has made improvements in the weight room, adding 45 pounds to his frame since his freshman year … When he drives with his legs and extends his arms, he has good ability to reroute tight ends and backs in the short area passing game … Because of his slight frame and marginal leg strength, he has become more reliant on using his hands and keeping them active to shed … Has excellent balance working down the line and does a good job of using his hands to keep blockers from latching on to him and also is effective at clearing his feet in traffic … Always give good effort on his chase and while he is more of a drag-down tackler than a wrap-up technician, he can easily lasso the ball carrier and sling the opponent to the ground, thanks to his long arms … Uses a sudden first step to gain advantage on a lethargic blocker, especially when playing on the edge of his opponent … Has adequate hand usage in attempts to shed, but needs to be more consistent … Applies excellent backside pressure when he turns the corner … Needs to play with better concentration, but when he maintains his focus, his energy level is unmatchable … Has the intelligence to pick things up quickly and grasp a complicated playbook (2.8 grade point average).

Negatives: Has the frame to add at least another fifteen pounds of bulk, but has a high metabolism rate and burns off that weight quickly … His frame is still lean and undeveloped and he has a small bubble with marginal hamstring muscles and very lean calves (lower frame is built like a basketball player's) … Needs to play lower in his pads, but shows marginal knee bend when trying to anchor and lacks the lower body strength to hold ground firmly at the point of attack (has much better knee bend on the move than when stationary) … Does just enough to get by in the training room and must develop better work habits … Has had concentration issues and will disappear for long stretches, but then come up with a sensational play to excite (lacks consistency) … Does not have the natural power to defeat the base blocker first and has to rely on his ability to escape … Not a physical wrap-up tackler, playing more with a drag-down style, which causes him to miss several tackles … Best when using quickness coming off the edge, but will be instantly neutralized by any of the blocker's power moves … Can easily take plays from the chalkboard to the playing field, but does not always use the knowledge he possesses (underachiever).

Compares To: ANTHONY SPENCER-Dallas … Much like Spencer, Hall is going to have to spend his first season in the classroom and weight room. He is a raw talent with great upside, but might be overwhelmed in his first season, considering the level of competition he has faced. He can bring instant value as a situational pass rusher, but it is going to take time converting him from the line to linebacker.

Career Notes

Holds the school career-records with 26.0 quarterback sacks and 51.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage … His 13.0 sacks in 2006 set a Falcons season-record … His 4.5 sacks in the 2006 Johnson C. Smith contest set a school game-record … Only player in Division II football to rank in the top twenty in the nation in tackles for loss in each of the last three years.

2007 Season

All-American first-team choice by The NFL Draft Report and D2Football.com … Added All-Central Intercollegiate Association first-team accolades … Sat out the Virginia Union game and was limited vs. Carson-Newman and Johnson C. Smith by a neck stinger … Still came up with 46 tackles (23 solos) in nine games … Led the team with seven sacks for minus 48 yards … Also paced the Falcons with 15.0 stops for losses of 79 yards, ranking 18th in the nation in that category … Credited with five quarterback pressures, as he also blocked a kick, deflected two passes and recovered a fumble.

2007 Game Analysis

Mars Hill … Opened the season with nine tackles (5 solos) and four stops for losses of 17 yards, including a 4-yard sack of QB Ricky Spradling.

North Carolina Central … Made just four hits with a pressure, but blocked a fourth quarter 36-yard field goal and assisted in sacking QB Stanford Brown for a 4-yard loss.

Carson-Newman and Johnson C. Smith … A neck stinger limited Hall to a pair of tackles in each game.

Virginia Union … Did not play (neck).

Virginia State … Returned to the gridiron with a vengeance, totaling seven tackles (4 solos) with two pressures, twice sacking QB Michael Terry for minus 20 yards.

Fayetteville State … Followed with six tackles (4 solos) and 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

St. Paul's … Had a stop for a 5-yard loss and four hits (2 solos).

Livingstone … Made another four tackles, recovering a fumble by QB Jesse Brown, as he also sacked the passer twice for minus 12 yards.

Shaw … Closed out his career with a pair of sacks for losses of 8 yards and a season-high eight tackles (3 solos).

2006 Season

All-American selection by D2Football.com, Daktronics and the Associated Press … All-CIAA first-team choice … Started all ten games at right defensive end, collecting 57 tackles (38 solos), as he set the school season-record with 13.0 sacks for minus 82 yards … Ranked eighth in the nation and second in the league with a career-high 19.0 stops for losses of 101 yards … Added one pressure and a pass deflection.

2006 Game Analysis

Opened the season with a stop for a loss and four tackles vs. Lane … Added two stops behind the line of scrimmage and six hits (4 solos) vs. Virginia State … Registered both of the team's sacks for minus 11 yards, posted seven tackles (4 solos) and had 3.5 stops for losses of 15 yards vs. Carson-Newman … Sacked QB Bill Sims for an 8-yard loss, broke up a pass and delivered four tackles vs. Mars Hill … Followed with an 8-yard saxck and a pressure of QB Curtis Rich vs. Elizabeth City State and set the school game-record as he produced 4.5 of the team's six sacks, good for losses of 30 yards and had six stops behind the line of scrimmage while collecting a season-high ten tackles vs. Johnson C. Smith … Matched his season-high ten tackles (9 solos), twice sacking QB Jay Aurty for minus 10 yards, adding three stops for losses vs. Fayetteville State … Ended the season with four tackles (3 solos) and a 10-yard sack of QB Monte Purvis vs. Winston-Salem State.

2005 Season

All-CIAA second-team selection in his first season as a full-time starter … Ranked third on the team with 53 tackles (31 solos) and led the Falcons with six sacks for losses of 38 yards … Led the team and ranked 12th nationally with 17.0 stops for losses of 59 yards … Added four pressures, as he broke up a pass and caused a fumble … Recovered a trio of fumbles, returning one 10 yards for a touchdown and pounced on another in the end zone for another score.

2004 Season

Appeared briefly in the Elizabeth City State game, recording a QB pressure.

Injury Report

2007: Saw limited action vs. Carson-Newman (9/15) and Johnson C. Smith (9/22) while sitting out the Virginia Union (9/29) clash with a neck stinger.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.74 in the 40-yard dash … 1.58 10-yard dash … 2.72 20-yard dash … 4.27 20-yard shuttle … 11.4 60-yard shuttle … 7.07 three-cone drill … 31-inch vertical jump … 9'7" broad jump … 335-pound bench press … 440-pound squat … 275-pound power clean … 33 7/8-inch arm length … 9 1/4-inch hands … Right-handed … 16/42 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended C.H. Flowers (Springdale, Md.) High School, playing football for head coach Mike Mayo … Lettered in football as a tight end and defensive end … Was more known for his basketball exploits, earning All-Area honors in that sport.

Personal

History major … Born 8/17/85 … Resides in Glenarden, Maryland.

 
 

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