A Blessing in Disguise

At the start of fall camp, quarterback Max Hall was practicing in the quarterback rotation behind quarterback the two Becks. When the NCAA ruled Hall ineligible to compete for BYU this season due to a technicality, he took on a new role that may end up helping him more in the long run.

Behind senior quarterbacks John and Jason Beck, Max Hall sought to use this year as one to learn and grow within the BYU system in preparation for next spring when he will compete for a starting job. As the third string quarterback, Hall received minimal practice reps and was not likely to see any meaningful game time.

With Hall currently listed as the third string quarterback, repetitions are cut in order to provide more room for Jason Beck who is playing behind John Beck, so when Hall had learned that the NCAA decided not in his favor, his chances of getting into a game for a chance to play was shut off.

"There was just a miscommunication," said Hall about the events that led to the NCAA's decision. "I was a bit shocked about it like anyone would be. I mean, a couple of days before the game you find out that you can't dress, but I have a good attitude about it because it is what it is. The thing that hurts the most is I don't get a chance to suit up. That's what hurts the most, but I still get a chance to practice and be with the team."

At first Hall was a bit upset with the new developments, but he soon realized that things could actually works out in his favor.

"Before on the third team I would only get a couple reps here and there and it was against the scout defense" said Hall. "The first week coming out I've been able to come out on the scout team against the first team defense, and there is only so much you can learn by watching on the sidelines."

With the responsibility of preparing the first team defense from Monday through Thursday, Hall's repetitions not only increased, he is also able to hone his talents against the best defensive competition.

"Now I'm getting 25-30 reps of practice going up against the first team defense," Hall said. "You have to drop back and make reads and I'm having fun right now. I'm having a blast. I'm learning a lot and we have a great defense, so it's been a great experience for me. Now I get to go out and do things and make reads facing this defense. It's been a blessing for me because I'm getting better. That's how I think of it."

Hall has already seen a difference in the level of his quarterback skills.

"There is only so much you can do about learning the offense and learning the plays and stuff like that," said Hall. "You have to go out and face a defense rushing at you and you have to make a read and make the right throw. Those kinds of things take time to develop, so when you're doing those things every day – making reads and throwing the ball – against a very good defense you're going to get better. That's just how it works because it forces you to develop and keep in mind your mechanics, and I think I will definitely get better from this."

Hall redshirted as a true freshman at ASU so this year will be his redshirt freshman year. Next season he will compete for the starting job as a redshirt sophomore.

"It actually isn't too bad because I wasn't going to get the chance to play a lot with John and Jason being ahead of me anyways," said Hall. "Being able to practice on the scout team against the first team defense has really helped me to be better prepared for next year. It's a blessing in disguise because I'm going to work hard against this defense and try and make them better.

"I'm a competitor and like to go out there and have fun and talk a little bit of trash and get the guys fired up out there. It's really fun that way and I like leading and getting guys fired up on both sides of the ball. On the other hand I know they're going to make me better so come spring time I'm going to be ready to go. It's a blessing in disguise."

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