Say Hello To: Kyler Hall

Sophomore Kyler Hall delivered one big hit after another during spring drills and displayed uncommon confidence for a young player. Hall has carried that impressive showing into his offseason workouts. Penciled in as the starter at free safety, Hall has gained nearly 20 pounds since last year and also has concentrated on his quickness. Hall remains confident about the Seminoles' ability in the secondary. "The more often you are at the ball, the more often you are going to make plays," he said.

Kyler Hall delivered one big hit after another during spring drills and displayed uncommon confidence for a young player. Hall has carried that impressive showing into his offseason workouts.

"It has been going pretty good," said Hall, who will enter preseason drills as the starter at free safety. "The first half of the summer I went home (Live Oak) and worked out. I also worked out some with Jerome (Carter) in Lake City. This session I am taking two classes. I am also working out, trying to get stronger and faster."

Of course, Hall and fellow safeties/rovers Claudius Osei, Yohance Buchanan, B.J. Ward and Jerome Carter have to be quick learners. The group must replace veterans Abdual Howard and Chris Hope, a pair that combined on 177 tackles and four sacks last season and provided plenty of leadership.

"Going into spring we knew we had to step it up, because we are going to be a young group back there," Hall said. "We had a pretty good spring and we had to carry it on through the summer. Spring and summer are key ingredients to having a good season. We've been trying to work hard, bring people along with us. make it a team effort."

Hall's hard work is noticeable -- he has gained nearly 20 pounds since his freshman season a year ago and weighs around 200 pounds. The 6-1 Hall said he also has worked on his quickness and explosion.

"I just try to get to the ball as quick as I can," Hall said.

"The more often you are at the ball, the more often you are going to make plays. That's what it's all about, making plays in big games."

Howard, who signed with the Detroit Lions as a free agent, says Hall's aggressive style fits well with defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews' approach. Hall played in all 12 games last season in a reserve role, finishing with nine tackles.

"Kyle is a no-nonsense kind of guy," Howard said. "Off the field, he is one of the nicest guys. He jokes around, plays with everybody. He's the opposite on the field. Serious. Will hit you. Mickey likes that style."

Hall said he learned plenty from Howard and Hope last season. And he's not worried about filling the void left by the pair.

"Those guys are two great safeties who are on the next level (NFL),:" Hall said. "Last year I was just trying to sit back and watch them. How they played the game in certain situations. I tried to take their style to help my game. Yes, we don't have much as experience as the older guys, but come the season that's not going to matter. You have to play no matter how old you are. We simply have to take advantage of every day and every practice in order to get ready for the season."

Hall also believes FSU cornerbacks will be prepared for upcoming challenges. The group has been vocal this offseason about playing more bump-and-run on the edges than last year.

"We have some great corners out there," Hall said. "We have to do the best job we can, so they can do their job, because they don't want to have to worry about us getting beat. We will take care of our job to make their job easier."

UP CLOSE WITH KYLE

Florida Class 3A Player of the Year...first team class 3A All-State selection...named to Florida Times Union Super 75…completed 127 of 208 passes for 1,733 yards and 14 TD's as a quarterback…also rushed for 169 yards and four touchdowns...credited with 95 tackles (51 solo), four tackles for loss, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries at safety…also an honor student. ... Lifelong FSU fan. ... Live Oak Suwannee is the alma mater of former Seminoles Bill Ragans, Eric Smith, and Matt and Todd Frier.


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