Hall Getting Better

Prince Hall has played against Florida once before. No, not as an Alabama player. As a linebacker for the California All-Stars against the Florida All-Stars following his senior high school season in 2004. He hopes for a better result when he takes on a second Florida team Saturday.


Prince Hall said he can't remember if any current Florida players were on the Florida all-star team he played against following his senior prep season. He remembers he didn't play very much in the game and that Florida took a two-point victory.

He's more concerned about the present and the future, particularly the immediate future. p> The Florida Gators have even more all-stars than that batch of Floridians Hall played against in a premier high school all-star game. On Saturday Hall will be with the Alabama Crimson Tide in Gainesville for a Southeastern Conference contest. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. CDT with television coverage by CBS.

Hall, a redshirt freshman from Moreno Valley, California, is sharing time at middle linebacker with Matt Collins for Bama. Although Hall has started only one game, against Vanderbilt, and has been the back-up in the other three contests, he has seen most of the playing time at middle linebacker.

Hall, a 5-11, 255-pound middle linebacker, has been in on 14 tackles this year. He also has two sacks and a fumble recovery.

Hall said that he and Collins are called on to do the same tasks. "He's not the run-stopper and me the pass-coverage guy," he said. "We're playing the same way. When one gets tired, the other one goes in. I think we're both doing pretty well, but I think we both can do better and need to do better."

"It's been fun," Hall said. "I'm learning more and more and I think I'm getting better every week."

Hall said his first game against Hawaii "was very exciting. It's hard to describe what it's like to play in front of that many people."

Hall made one of the big defensive plays in that game for Bama, recovering a fumble. "I was surprised," he said. "I didn't expect that. That's one area where I've got to improve. I've got to expect things like that."

Hall said he and his teammates have had a lot of preparation for this week's game. "They do a lot of things," he said of the potent Florida offense. "We're going to have to really concentrate on their formations."

Hall said he didn't want to stereotype the two Florida quarterbacks, but said it's obvious that Tim Tebow is the better runner and that Bama will be thinking run when Tebow replaces starter Chris Leak. "He hasn't thrown much, but that doesn't mean he can't pass," Hall said.

He said, "Leak would rather throw. You can tell when he runs he doesn't like to run."

This will be Hall's first Alabama-Florida game. He was in the stands when Bama blasted the Gators, 31-3, in Tuscaloosa last year. He thinks that this can be another win for Alabama. "Sure it can," he said.

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