The book on: RT Matt Hall
Belhaven University Blazers
Yell County, Arkansas
University of Mississippi
Russellville High School
Hall anchored the right side of the offensive line that helped the Blazers average 387.9 yards per game...Earned American Football Coaches Association NAIA All-American first-team honors and was named an All-Mid-South Conference first-team West Division selection...Chosen a finalist for the 2013 C. Spire Conerly Trophy, which is given annually to the player voted Mississippi's most outstanding college football player…Added All-American third-team accolades…The senior was a major factor in the Belhaven's offensive firepower and his performance earned him an invitation to play in the 89th East-West Shrine Game…The Belhaven football team entered 2013 surrounded by preseason excitement, including a top-25 national ranking. While the Blazers were favored to win the Mid-South Conference's Western Division, a slew of injuries derailed those dreams, and Belhaven finished with a 3-8 overall record…The season started out on the right note with a 36-26 victory over Texas College at H.T. Newell Field, but the next Blazer win wouldn't come until October 12th. With a 40-21 defeat of Bluefield College, Belhaven recorded their largest margin of victory of the season. The Green and Gold were able to finish strong, outdueling Bethel College by a final of 55-45…Belhaven planned for the ground game to be a major factor in their offense, so it should come as no surprise that 16 Blazers received carries during the season…Because of the injury bug, each of Belhaven's three quarterbacks received multiple starts. Senior Ian McGinnis emerged as the primary passer late in the year, completing 53% of his passes and surpassing 1200 yards in the air.
Hall made his presence felt anchoring the Belhaven offense at the right tackle position en route to first-team All-Mid South Conference honors. The junior helped the Blazers shatter the school record for rushing yards in a season with 2,488 this season. The previous mark was set in 1999 with 1,709. Due in part to Hall, Belhaven also set a new benchmark for rushing touchdowns with 27 in 2012. The previous school record was 19 recorded in 2011. Belhaven was the third-best rushing team in the MSC with 226.2 yards per game and fourth in the conference in scoring with 32.9 points…Hall started all 11 games for the Blazers at right offensive tackle…Entering the season, he was an NAIA Preseason All-American, and Gil Brandt of NFL.com ranked Hall in his "Hot 100 Seniors"…The Blazers showed a tremendous amount of resiliency after a rough 0-3 start to the season, finishing the campaign with a 6-5 record. Belhaven also re-wrote the school record books on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball thanks to some outstanding team and individual performances this season…Belhaven began to right the ship in Week 4 of the season at home against Campbellsville (KY), exploding for a record-breaking 70-28 victory. The Blazers shattered three school records, including most points scored in a game, most touchdowns in a game (10) and most extra points in a game (10). Belhaven broke the contest open in the second and third quarters with eight consecutive touchdowns en route to a key Mid-South Conference West Division win…The offense continued to fire on all cylinders the next week as the team headed north to Virginia to battle UVA-Wise where the Blazers piled up 52 points in a 52-14 win. The game also snapped a 12-game road losing streak that dated back to the 2010 season. Belhaven had 282 yards rushing and 244 yards passing, leading to 526 yards of total offense…Belhaven entered Week 11 of the season with a record of 6-4 and 4-1 in the MSC. The Blazers found themselves with a shot at the West Division title if they could beat Bethel University (TN). Unfortunately, the Wildcats gritted their way to a win despite being dominated by Belhaven in almost every statistical category except the final points in a 21-17 game. The Blazers rolled up 475 yards of total offense, ran for 335 yards, and controlled the ball for over 41 minutes. However, Bethel's defense came up with a goal-line stand late in the fourth quarter to secure the win and the title.
He started every game at right guard for the University of Mississippi Rebels, where he helped lead the Rebel offense to a pair of game with more than 200 yards rushing each, including a season-high 220 yards against Auburn on October 29th.
Hall did not play football.
Hall played in 11 games behind DeMarcus Love at right offensive tackle during the season at the University of Arkansas that included the Liberty Bowl and six conference games…Helped the Razorbacks tie for first nationally in red zone offense as the Razorbacks have converted on 45-of-47 (96 pct.) trips inside the red zone (35 touchdowns, 10 field goals)…UA scored 40-or-more points in seven games this season. The only other time UA scored 40-or-more points in seven games or more in a season was 2007 (seven times). Against Eastern Michigan, Arkansas scored 63 points which is tied for the highest total by any SEC team in a game this season.
Hall red-shirted and bulked up in the weight room, after he came in as a freshman weighing 300 pounds, but measured in at 328 during 2009 spring drills.
5.48 in the 40-yard dash…1.90 10-yard dash…3.14 20-yard dash…4.88 20-yard shuttle…
7.77 three-cone drill…27 5/8-inch vertical jump…8'05" broad jump…Bench-pressed 225 pounds 32 times…34½-inch arm length…10¼-inch hands.
Hall, a Russellville, Arkansas native, prepped at Russellville High School…Was a 2007 all-state selection for Coach Jeff Holt and in the HawgSports.com Natural 21 rankings, he was rated No. 2 overall in the state…Rated the fifth-best prospect in the state by Hawgs Illustrated…Ranked as the No. 64 offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 9 overall recruit in the state by Scout.com…Also recruited by Ole Miss, Missouri and Louisville.
Hall is majoring in Sports Administration and has two siblings, Mitch and Katie…Born 4/24/90…Son of Mike and Linda Hall.
Dave-Te' Thomas has more than 40 years of experience scouting for the NFL. With the NFL Draft Report, Thomas handles a staff that evaluates and tests college players before the draft and prepares the NFL's official Draft Packet, which is distributed to all 32 teams prior to the draft. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.
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