Special Season

Florida State junior punter <b>Chris Hall</b> has been busy this summer working on his form and consistency. He also has recovered from a back injury that plagued him the entire season a year ago. Hall also has changed his practice approach in an effort to retain his strength during the course of an entire season. Once again, FSU special teams -- placekicker Xavier Beitia is pictured - will be a preseason focus. Click here for an update as FSU winds down its summer conditioning drills.

Chris Hall participated in his share of conditioning drills before making his way to Florida State's weight room. Other members of the Seminoles' special teams also were en route for the additional workout.

Hall, a redshirt junior from Centerville, Va., enters preseason camp as FSU's starting punter after serving as a backup to Jesse Stein a year ago.

The personable Hall has been concentrating on his punting form and consistency this summer. He also has recovered from a lingering back injury that plagued him the entire 2003 season. Hall was injured near the start of two-a-day practices.

"It was a back muscle, my SI joint, on my right side," Hall said as he felt the area. "I was never really healthy the entire year. It still sometimes feels like it's going to act up.

"But I've done a lot of ab work, lower back exercises and a lot of rehab. It feels pretty good and I am excited to get started."

There will be plenty of focus on FSU's special teams this preseason.

The Seminoles have three placekickers on scholarship -- senior Xavier Beitia, redshirt freshman Chase Goggans and incoming freshman Gary Cismesia.

Hall is expected to be pushed by Brett Cimorelli, a redshirt senior who was recently released by the Anaheim Angles organization. Hall punted three times last season for a 49.3 average.

Hall says he has enjoyed a productive summer.

"I concentrated this summer on staying healthy, getting my back healthy. And really trying to be consistent, a consistent ball striker," Hall said.

"I think I've gotten a lot better. I've been working on hang time. I know that's the key. Not just hitting the long ball. You want them to be able to cover it, too.

"You have to have a number in your head you are trying to average. A good punt, if you have 4.5 or 4.6 (hang time), you should be able to get coverage. As long as my mishits, if they are around 4.3, 4.4 (hang time), that's pretty good - versus a bad mishit that can get run down your throat. That' what I mean in trying to get more consistent."

Hall also plans to change his practice approach as well.

"I am definitely going to cut back on the number of punts," Hall said.

"The one thing I've noticed is I can't punt as many balls as I used to. I used to go out and hit 60, 70 footballs but now my form goes to hell if I punt more than 30, 40. I am trying to cut that back and make sure I get quality reps and not just hitting them to hit them and getting bad form."

Hall also has been impressed by the Seminoles' work etchic.

"When I came in, I remember seeing (Chris) Weinke and all those guys and they had a ton of players on the field," Hall said.

"That's what I feel like this year is. IT feels like the whole team is here. The last few years it was probably three-quarters of the team but I don't know if they were working this hard. I like that attitude I see out here and all the guys working hard."


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