Hall believes in his ability

The prevailing thought of Ole Miss fans on Rebel mid-semester signee Bruce Hall, a JUCO quarterback, is that he was brought in to run the new offense until Brent Schaeffer arrives in town this summer. Hall has other ideas. Read about it inside.

Bruce Hall doesn't know he is supposed to settle for being a backup quarterback on the Ole Miss football team next fall. He has different designs.

"I realize I'm the underdog, but that doesn't bother me. I've always been 'too' something – too short, not a strong enough arm – but that only motivates me to do better," said Hall, a 6-0, 200-pounder from NE Mississippi Community College. "I'm going to take advantage of spring practice in terms of learning the system and soaking up all I can about the quarterback position in Coach (Dan) Werner's offense."

The Pensacola, FL, native, who signed with Wake Forest out of high school, says he isn't intimidated by the arrival of Brent Schaeffer, a JUCO All-American who will sign with the Rebels Wednesday.

"I'm going to try to win the starting job. I like to compete. I like challenges. If Brent comes in here and wins the job, I will be his number one fan, but I will push him and make him earn it," Hall noted.

Hall is getting his first taste of SEC football, Rebel style, in the ongoing offseason strength and conditioning program.

"It's a lot of hard work. This is the hardest I've ever had to work. I've been sore ever since the first workout, but all the mid-semester guys are. We're starting to get used to the demands, but it's been tough. We feel it will only make us better once we adjust," he continued. "I'm real excited about everything because all the returning guys are starting to get pumped up about spring training and everyone is working hard to be in good shape when March 6 rolls around."

Bruce said his strength as a quarterback is the ability to make plays.

"I consider myself a playmaker. I have always been able to do what it takes for my team to succeed. I guess you would classify me as a dual threat quarterback. My main job is to distribute the ball to the skill players on the team, but I can beat you with my feet too if I need to," he explained. "I have what I consider to be a college level arm. I can make all the throws, I have good touch and I have good arm strength.

"What I need to work on is not forcing the issue sometimes. I have a tendency to try too hard to make something happen when there's nothing there."

Hall said the Rebel offense will meet formally with Werner after Signing Day.

"We've had a couple of informal meetings with Coach Werner, but we haven't really sat down with him and discussed the offense too much yet. He's been busy wrapping up this recruiting class. We're supposed to do that late this week or early next week," noted Hall. "I'm anxious to do that so I can get a head start on spring by doing some things on my own before it starts."

Hall said he's not against changing positions if his "dream" of playing quarterback on the Division I level doesn't come true.

"My first love is quarterback. I want to quarterback this team, but if someone beats me out between now and September, I will do whatever I have to do to get on the field and play," he ended. "I'm capable of playing in the secondary or at wide receiver. I am willing to contribute anywhere I can."

In the meantime, Bruce Hall's focus will be on earning the number one QB slot in spring training.

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