Hard work does pay off

CLEMSON - Kevin Steele has yet to find it, but he's pretty sure Rashard Hall has an office set up somewhere in the West End Zone.

Hall, who, in the past, has been described as a film junkie, doesn't have a problem finding time for film study.

The redshirt junior safety already has eight interceptions in two seasons at Clemson. Much of Hall's early success can be attributed to his insatiable thirst to get better.

"He knows the defense. He understands the defense. He's talented," Steele said. "Intelligence-wise and understanding the defense, getting people lined up right, he had that [on] day one.

"He's just got it, but he's up here a lot, too."

Hall only wants to maximize the hand that he's been dealt.

"I feel like if I don't get the most out of myself, I'm cheating myself and my teammates," he said. "Usually, I'm helping another guy come along with some stuff or just fine tuning, looking at practicing my technique—all that stuff—making a big season."

And Steele is just fine with Hall's willingness to provide direction to the younger players on the Tigers' defense.

"As far as a leadership standpoint, I'm trying to be a lead guy, helping guys come along and make our defense and our team [as good] as possible," Hall said.

Over the last two years, the Clemson secondary has bid farewell to cornerbacks Crezdon Butler, Chris Chancellor and Byron Maxwell. Safeties DeAndre McDaniel and Marcus Gilchrist have moved on, too.

Now, Hall's one of the elder statesmen among younger players like Bashaud Breeland, Darius Robinson, Martin Jenkins, Desmond Brown and Garry Peters.

"They're young, but they're so talented…a lot of the young corners are stepping up," Hall said.

Two days into spring practice, he's pleased with the progress of the Tigers' defense, which welcomes back half of last season's starters.

"It's going real good. The defense is coming back with a lot of recall from last season," Hall said. "We're fine tuning technique-type stuff. Two days in, I think we're real good."

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