Hall Not Bothered By TV Criticism

Yes, D.J. Hall heard the report that a television analyst had criticized Hall during Alabama's loss to Florida State last Saturday. No, it didn't bother him. What bothered him was that he and his Crimson Tide teammates didn't have a good day offensively and Bama lost its second consecutive game.

Alabama senior wide receiver D.J. Hall shouldn't have to answer to critics. Anyone who has a positive record at Bama has passed excellent football players. Hall is already the all-time Crimson Tide leader in receiving yards and will soon have the Alabama career record for receptions. He also has the single season record for receiving yards, and he's set records for most games with 100 or more yards in receptions and for consecutive 100-yard games.

His bona fides are in order. He said that he and his teammates heard about the criticism from a television commentator about his route-running against Florida State. The senior from Pensacola said, "I don't worry about anything anyone outside my team says. I worry about what my teammates think. They heard it, too. As long as my teammates aren't thinking negative things about me, I'm okay. And they aren't."

Hall knows that the offense did not perform well in the 21-14 loss to FSU in Jacksonville last week. "We haven't been executing as well as we should," he said. "We've had too many three-and-outs. The offense wants to stay on the field as long as possible. Our defense has been playing great. We need to keep them off the field more and we need to stay on the field longer."

Hall admitted that FSU surprised the Tide by changing its defense. "We had seen them on film and all we saw was man (coverage)," he said. "Then in the game it was all zone. We expected they wouldn't be all man, but it was more zone than we expected. They did a good job."

Hall said it wasn't just any zone, either. "They had a lot of guys back there," he said. "It was hard to find an open spot."

He said it wasn't Alabama's mindset to be ready for just one defense. "We have to be ready to execute no matter what they do," he said.

Hall had seven catches for 83 yards against the Seminoles. He had a touchdown on a fine grab deep in the end zone.

Hall said Alabama hasn't seen much man-to-man defense since the Tide defeated Arkansas with quarterback John Parker Wilson completing 24 of 45 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns. Hall had six receptions for 172 yards and two touchdowns in that game.

Hall said practice this week had been "a whole lot better. The coaches said our Tuesday practice was the fastest we've had. We're trying to get back on the winning track."

Alabama has lost consecutive games and fallen to 3-2 and out of the nation's top 25. This week the Tide has a non-conference game, hosting Houston for homecoming. Kickoff in Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday will be at 2 p.m.

Hall said looking at film of Houston is exciting to the wide receivers. "They put a lot of guys in the box to stop the run," he said. "We haven't seen a defense like that."

He added that "It's hard to say what will happen as we saw last Saturday. We have to be ready for everything.

"We know they'll play like this is the national championship game for them. They put up a lot of points and we put up a lot of points. I think our defense is playing great. We just need to play our game and we need to be ready for anything."

He said he had seen more double coverage this year than in the past. "I didn't start getting it last year until the fourth or fifth game from the end of the season," he said. "If they are double on me it opens it up for someone else."

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