The tough guy

CLEMSON - Rashard Hall continues to tough out a knee defect that's plagued him through much of this season.

The redshirt junior safety from Saint Augustine, Fla. told reporters recently that he does not know how the left knee will be treated during the offseason.

"I have no idea," Hall said, when asked if surgery will be required.

"I talked to Doc. I'm going to get an MRI following the Orange Bowl and we'll go from there."

Fresh off his eight tackle performance against Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game, he feels as good as he has since suffering the injury.

"I feel great. I had to adjust to the knee brace at first, coming back with Auburn week three," Hall said. "It's really grown on me. I'm starting to play full-speed. I'm pretty good now."

That was the biggest adjustment -- the bulky brace on his left knee.

"Just getting used to the knee brace. It's a pretty big knee brace. Usually, skill guys don't have to wear these. It was just adapting to the knee brace, pretty much," he said.

Hall, who's second among Clemson defenders with 78 tackles, said sure tackling will be the name of the game for the Tiger defense when they take on West Virginia in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4.

"We'll have to tackle in space a lot more than we have in other games," he said. "That's all. That's pretty much the biggest difference."

After the game, Hall will begin investigating his opportunities for the future.

"I'm just going to get a look at what they're saying," he said.

The former three-star recruit doesn't know what to expect.

"I have no idea how they grade the film or exactly what they're looking for," he said. "I'm just going to wait back and hear what they say."

Hall has his sights set on West Virginia, not the NFL.

"As of right now, it's really nothing. I'm just concentrating on this next game," he said. Top Stories