Hall set a Clemson freshman record for touchdown receptions by a tight end with three in 2001, and while those stats may not be mind blowing, it was quite obvious to anyone that follows the game of football that Hall has some serious talent. After all, he was ranked as the #1 tight end prospect in the nation by Max Emfinger and USA Today coming out Byrnes High School in 2001.
He was also a third-team Freshman All-American according to The Sporting News following his performance in a Clemson uniform last year.
"He has a good personality," Tommy Bowden said at the start of practice last year. "He's loose and a lot more at ease. There was probably a lot of pressure on him during the recruiting process. That's a side of him we didn't see."
Hall started two games last year, averaged 20 plays per game, and brought in 8 receptions for 79 yards. Those numbers will increase significantly in 2002 as he moves into a full-time starter.
In fact, look for the tight end to be incorporated into the Tigers' offense much more in 2002. Last year's starter, Morgan Woodward, was a converted linebacker who was a bit undersized and quite honestly, he never developed into the half the threat that Ben Hall can be in this offense.
While Woodward was mainly utilized as a blocker, Hall can become much more of a workhorse in the passing game this year. At 6-feet 5-inches tall, and weighing in at 250 pounds, Hall is a huge target for Willie Simmons. Add in the fact that he has great hands, and you have a potential all-conference selection in the making.
Backing up Hall will be redshirt freshman Bobby Williamson, out of East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
"We don't have a lot of bodies at tight end, but he'll give us the flexibility to do some things from a formation stand point," said Tommy Bowden.
Williamson had a productive spring, catching 4 passes for 47 yards in the Orange and White game. He'll likely see most of his action when the Tigers utilize a two tight end set in short yardage situations, but he also has the ability to get up field and catch a couple of passes if he's used enough.