Running back Andre Hall played one year of football in high school. He then played a year at a military academy, another at a junior college and two for the South Florida Bulls of the Big East Conference. While vastly less known than the elite prospects, Hall is still projected to go on the first day of the 2006 National Football League Draft.
Hall was born Aug. 20, 1982 in St. Petersburg, Fla. He was the seventh of nine children and the son of a World War II veteran. A wrestling and track athlete and Dixie M. Hollins High School, Hall played just one season of football, in 2000. Hall amassed 1,742 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns on 7.7 yards per carry.
In 2002, Hall rushed for more than 1,600 yards for Georgia Military Academy. The following year, he totaled 1,488 yards and eight touchdowns at Garden City Community College. Both years, he was a junior college All-American.
His first year at the University of South Florida in 2004, Hall became the Bulls' starting running back during the season and went on to break multiple school records. His 1,357 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns and 12 total touchdowns all set new records. Hall also set a single game record by rushing for 275 yards against the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
As a senior in 2005, Hall built on his success from the previous year and once again rewrote South Florida's record books. He rushed for 1,374 yards and 13 touchdowns, while also adding 321 yards with two touchdowns receiving. Hall topped the century mark in rushing yards six times in 2005, and surpassed 200 yards once. He also had a 100-yard receiving game against Pittsburgh.
Despite playing just two years of college football, and much of it against questionable competition, the pure ability Andre Hall possesses is clear with undeniable.
Hall is an instinctive runner with good quickness and agility. Though he isn't a pure burner, his 40-yard dash time of 4.42 seconds was still impressive. For some perspective, this time at the NFL Scouting Combine was better than fellow running backs DeAngelo Williams, LenDale White, Laurence Maroney and Brian Calhoun.
Though a little on the small side at 5-foot-8 1/4, 206 pounds, Hall possesses good strength and runs low to the ground, allowing him to gain extra yardage after the first hit.
Hall possesses good receiving abilities, which make him an even greater threat out of the backfield.
Probably the biggest worry in regards to Hall stem from the fact that he played only a few years of college ball, and it was not at a big-time school. Hall obviously benefited from a largely weak schedule and sometimes struggled against formidable opponents. In 2005 against Penn State, Miami (Fla.) and West Virginia, Hall, who collectively averaged less than 3.3 yards per carry, did not reach the end zone in any of the three contests.
At Hall's size, it remains to be seen whether he can sustain the pounding of an every-down back at the pro level. When taking into account his stature and pass-catching skills, it seems very possible Hall may be more suited for a third-down role in the NFL.
Though you will likely hear Hall's name called the same day as Southern California's Reggie Bush, expect it to come a handful of hours later in the day. Hall is likely to go in the third round of the draft April 29, though there remains a chance he could fall to early Day 2 depending on how quickly and often running backs come off the board in the earlier rounds.
At the NFL Scouting Combine in February, Hall said he spoke with officials from the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings.
About Chris Nelson
Chris Nelson is a college student at Georgia State University currently majoring in journalism. Chris has been playing fantasy baseball and football for nearly a decade. He one day hopes to be a beat writer for the Miami Dolphins while eventually reaching the pinnacle of sports journalism, that being the ability to write about coffee, traveling, kids softball and whatever else he wants, all the while being paid good money by a national publication to do it. He has been a KFFL contributor since 2006.
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