Not Ready to Leave

Junior Alabama receiver D.J. Hall said Tuesday that he would wait until the conclusion of the Crimson Tide's Independence Bowl game against Oklahoma State to evaluate his situation before a decision was made.

Hall was not talking about the possibility of making an early leap toward the NFL, but whether or not his injured shoulder would have to be surgically repaired.

"It's gotten a whole lot better," he said. "Not where it should be but better. I'm a whole lot better than what I was. Nowhere near 100 per cent, but I'm better. I want to wait until after a bowl game and see where it is."

Neither Hall nor junior receiver Keith Brown have wavered when asked about the possibility of them trying to turn pro a year early. Leaving early would probably be a bad career move for both of Bama's star receivers, but worse decisions have been made by college juniors before.

Hall broke the Alabama record for receiving yardage with 1,014 yards in 11 games. He also set records with five straight 100-yard games, seven total 100-yard games and 11 career 100-yard games.

Brown had 43 catches for 583 yards and three touchdowns, and caught a pass in nine of his 10 games. He also had five carries for 39 yards on the season.

Hall and Brown seem to understand their positioning as they try to return to the field from injury, however.

"I'll be here," Hall said. "I owe enough to my University and my teammates to come back here."

"I still have a lot to do here."

Brown, who has battled knee trouble since straining his MCL (knee ligament) against Florida, said his knee has felt 100 per cent healthy for "two, two-and-a-half weeks" on Tuesday.

"I'm good. I've had a lot of rehab and done a bunch of running around and building my muscles back up," he said.

Considering the recent coaching change, are you thinking of attempting an early jump to the NFL?

I need to make it through a season healthy here first, Brown said.

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