The Pack Is Back For Another Bronco!

The senior construction management major will be taking his hard hat to the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. Korey Hall became the third Bronco to be selected in this year's NFL Draft when the Packers chose him in the sixth round.

I don't know if Korey Hall is a Styx fan but he is the prototypical "Blue Collar Man".  Today, the likeable and hard-working Glenns Ferry product was chosen by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round of the National Football League Draft.

Hall became the third Bronco to be selected in this year's draft of the top college football talent in the nation and the second Boise State great to be chosen by the Green Bay Packers.  Gerald Alexander and Legedu Naanee were already scooped up this weekend as tremendous bargains by the Detroit Lions and San Diego Chargers, respectively.  Boise State offensive lineman Daryn Colledge was drafted in the second round last year by the Packers and is already starting for the Pack.  Colledge was named to the NFL's All-Rookie team after his first season.

Hall earned second-team All-America honors by The Sporting News following a great season that saw Hall and the Broncos finish the year as the nation's only undefeated team and capture the 2007 Fiesta Bowl Championship.  He was a quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy, the first Bronco ever to be so recognized.  Hall was an All-WAC selection this year.  Korey was named All-Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year following his senior year and was a three-time All-WAC selection.

Hall finished his stellar Bronco career as the #2 tackler in the history of the WAC and fourth in Boise State history with 388, most of them the bone-crunching variety.  Hall finished behind only Scott Russell (1987-1990), Carl Keever (1982-1984) and Quintin Mikell (1999-2003).  Hall also ranks 12th in the Bronco record book in tackles for loss with 27.5

Hall began the year on the preseason All-America list and watch lists for the Rotary Lombardi Award, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Lott Trophy.  Korey lived up to the attention by ending his senior campaign with 105 tackles, including 6.5 for loss, with 3.5 sacks and six interceptions, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery.  There was no bigger pass breakup than Korey's deflection in the Fiesta Bowl that ended up in a Marty Tadman touchdown.  He led not only Boise State but all linebackers in the country in interceptions and led the nation's linebackers in career interceptions.  Korey was one of the key ingredients in Boise State's thrilling 43-42 overtime win over Oklahoma of the Big 12 Conference in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.   

Korey's junior season was spectacular as well, leading Boise State with a career-high 106 tackles, 5 for loss, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions and three pass breakups.  He was a preseason honorable mention All-America and was named to Watch Lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award.  Hall and the Broncos were invited to the MPC Computers Bowl in December against Boston College of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

In his sophomore season, Korey was second on the team with 85 tackles, including a team-leading 8.5 for loss.  He also was credited with two sacks and three interceptions.  Hall was 12th in the WAC in tackles.  He will be remembered forever in Bronco lore for many reasons, not the least of which is his spectacular catch of a twice-tipped ball and monumental run into the end zone against Oregon State.  Hall and the Broncos went undefeated during the regular season and were invited to the 2004 Liberty Bowl to play Louisville. 

Hall was one of few Broncos to start in their freshman season, earning honorable mention All-WAC after making 92 tackles at his middle linebacker position.  Hall wreaked havoc on the opposition with 7.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.  He helped the Broncos win the 2003 Forth Worth Bowl with a 34-31 win over TCU. 

Bronco fans are fortunate to have been able to see you Korey—we wish you nothing but the best!

 

 


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