While Boise State has been known for its explosive offense throughout the years, the coaching staff is well aware that the success of that unit lies in the containment skills Hall and his fellow defenders had in setting the table for the team's scoring drives. The nation's active leading interceptor among linebackers (11), Hall went on to set a school record by starting all 52 games he played in.
Hall was one of the top prep players in the state of Idaho as a senior at Glens Ferry High School. He was named the Class 2A Player of the Year after making 113 tackles and three sacks on defense, while rushing for 714 yards and scoring 16 touchdowns on offense as a senior. He added first-team all-conference honors at linebacker and running back, received the league's Player of the Year award in 2001 and led the team to the state championship game.
A four-year starter and team captain during senior year, he finished his career with 359 tackles and 2,802 yards rushing. Hall earned first-team all-conference and second-team all-state honors on offense and defense during his junior year. As a sophomore, he again earned first-team all-conference honors on offense and defense. He was also an outstanding wrestler, placing second in the state championships as a senior. Hall was a member of the National Honor Society, and was also on the school's Honor Roll.
After spending the 2002 season on the scout team, Hall took over middle linebacker chores in 2003, going on to start 52 consecutive games before closing out his career. He earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors, as he ranked third on the team with 92 tackles (44 solos), adding 2.5 sacks and 7.5 stops for losses while deflecting five passes.
In 2004, Hall finished second on the team with 85 tackles (39 solos), picking up second-team All-WAC accolades. He had four sacks, 8.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. He also picked off three passes.
Despite playing the entire 2005 season with a hernia and being bothered earlier in the year with turf toe, Hall led the Broncos with 106 tackles (51 solos). He registered 1.5 sacks, five stops for losses and three pass break-ups. He also intercepted two passes.
Hall suffered a fractured vertebra in his back during spring drills, but he not only started all season in 2006, but earned second-team All-America, first-team All-WAC and league Defensive Player of the Year honors. The team's Defensive MVP led the Broncos with a career-high 111 tackles (57 solos), including 3.5 sacks and seven stops for losses. He led the nation's linebackers with six interceptions and also recovered a fumble.
In 52 games at Boise State, Hall amassed 394 tackles (191 solos) with 11.5 sacks for minus-61 yards and 28 stops for losses of 94 yards. He recovered four fumbles and caused two others. He had nine pass deflections and intercepted 11 passes for 193 yards in returns (17.5 avg.) and a touchdown.
Positives: Lacks height and is at maximum weight growth potential, but has a well-proportioned frame with solid upper-body muscle tone and above-average strength … Has great leadership ability and is a leader by example that plays on all of the core special teams … Honor Roll student with keen vision and instincts … Plays with a good motor and shows the ball awareness skills to string the plays wide … Has good functional strength at the point of attack … Takes proper angles and maintains body position when engaging the larger blockers … Flashes the ability to jab and jolt with his hands … Has the acceleration to reach the outside to make the cut-off plays … Reads the play quickly and knows how to avoid the low blocks, showing good range … Has the body flexibility, knee bend and lateral agility needed to knife through traffic … His change-of-direction agility allows him to protect himself from outside blocks and make plays on the sidelines … Shows explosion when striking and wrapping … Has the speed to trail and run with the tight end in the short area … Anticipates the pass, avoiding trash as he moves upfield to pick up his zone assignment … Displays proper wrap technique when tackling, using his leg drive to push the ball carrier back.
Negatives: Not effective trying to slip past blocks, and because he is undersized, his weight room strength doesn't always translate to the field, especially at the point of attack (gets narrow-based), where he will sometimes struggle to hold and control blockers … Needs to show better hand usage to prevent blockers from standing him up and walling him off … Has problems with trap blocks, which prevents him from consistently filling and stuffing the rush lanes … Struggles to make plays in the rush lane and is better when impacting on the edge or in space … While he takes good angles working in the box, his angles appear off when dropping in space, which makes him look slow when attempting to blitz (looks a bit mechanical).
Compares to: Bart Scott, Baltimore -- Hall might lack the size and height that you want from a run stuffer, but he is an all-out hustler willing to do anything to make the play … He gets lost at times working in a crowd and is a bit stiff in his hips dropping off in coverage, but he has a good flow to the ball inside the box … Few linebackers have the natural hands he displays.
2005: Bothered the first month of the season with a turf toe injury … Played throughout the season with a hernia, but did not miss any action.
2006: Suffered a vertebra fracture in his back during spring drills in March.
Attended Glenns Ferry (Idaho) High School, playing football for head coach Joel Hermann … One of the top prep players in the state of Idaho as a senior … Named the Class 2A Player of the Year after making 113 tackles and three sacks on defense, while rushing for 714 yards and scoring 16 touchdowns on offense as a senior … Added first-team all-conference honors at linebacker and running back, received the league's Player of the Year award in 2001, and helped lead the team to the state championship game … A four-year starter and team captain during senior year, he finished his career with 359 tackles and 2,802 yards rushing … Earned first-team all-conference and second-team all-state honors on offense and defense during his junior year … As a sophomore, he again earned first-team all-conference honors on offense and defense … Was also an outstanding wrestler, placing second in the state championships as a senior … Member of the National Honor Society, and was also on the school's Honor Roll.
Construction Management major … Born Aug. 5, 1983 … Resides in Glenns Ferry, Idaho.