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The team's three-year starter at strong-side linebacker, Hall also has experience in the middle and at weak-side linebacker. He is a leader-by-example type who quietly goes about his business, but was a vital part of a unit that held opponents to one touchdown or less in eight contests during the 2006 season. He would close out his career with 31 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, ranking 12th all-time in that category in Tech history.
Hall served as team captain during his three seasons on the Klein Forest High School football team. He was rated the 67th-best linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com and named to Max Emfinger's Texas Super All-State team. He was a finalist for the Houston Touchdown Club's Defensive Player of the Year honor in 2002 and selected District Most Valuable Defensive Player. As a senior, he recorded 160 tackles, nine stops for losses and two interceptions.
Hall enrolled at Georgia Tech in 2003 and made an immediate contribution on special teams. In 13 games, he posted 12 tackles (three solos) with two stops for losses. In 2004, he started eight of the team's final 10 games at strong-side linebacker. Part of a unit that ranked 13th nationally in rush defense (104.58 ypg), he produced 45 tackles (23 solos), 4.5 sacks and six stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also caused two fumbles.
The strong-side linebacker started the team's final 11 games of the 2005 season, finishing fourth on the team with 64 tackles (38 solos). He posted four sacks and ranked 10th in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a career-high 14 stops for losses. He also picked off two passes and deflected three others.
As a senior, Hall earned All-ACC honorable mention. He led the team with 91 tackles (58 solos) while generating four sacks and nine stops behind the line of scrimmage. He added two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and four pass break-ups as the defense allowed just 300.57 yards per game.
In 51 games at Georgia Tech, Hall started 33 times. His 212 tackles (122 solos) are the best among active Tech players. He registered 12.5 sacks for minus-105 yards and 31 stops for losses totaling 163 yards. He recovered two fumbles for eight yards in returns and caused four others. He deflected eight passes and gained eight yards on two interception returns.
Positives: Has a short, compact frame, but possesses solid overall muscle definition...Has adequate foot quickness and balance in attempts to slip blocks and enough hip flexibility to turn cleanly coming out of his breaks...Demonstrates good explosion behind his hits, keeping his shoulder square and attacking the outside leg of the running back to impede the opponent's forward progress...Shows good urgency in his pursuit to close on the ball...Unquestioned defensive leader whose work ethic the coaching staff only wishes others would emulate...Lacks the bulk and field strength to take on the offensive linemen with consistency, but does a good job of sidestepping trash and keeping his feet to get through the crease to make plays in the backfield...Might not have the size to play on the strong side at the pro level (struggles to shed), but is a good move oriented type with a knack for getting to the ball when working in space...Natural hands catcher with the reach and extension to secure the ball outside his frame...Has the ball skills to track the ball in flight and enough foot speed to stay with backs and tight ends in the short area...Can run laterally and make the cut-off tackle vs. outside runs...Is best when playing off the line, as his balance and change of direction agility make it tough for slower blockers to mirror or try to sustain him...Lacks a quick feel for the play, but has the forward burst to hunt for the ball...Does a good job of protecting his legs on the move and the loose hips to recover when he gets over-extended...His range is evident by the success he has making plays on the boundary...Effective bull rusher who shows good timing, acceleration and burst once he finds the creases...Can be very disruptive in the backfield, as he shows good urgency and pad level to pressure the pocket...Wraps and secures on contact and takes good angles to close...Also slants well to take the short path to the pocket...Special teams standout who has the open-field tackling ability to break up the wedge and get to the returner...Won't win power battles at the line of scrimmage, but is a consistent tackler who is generally right in position to make the play...Normal rep type who will not have problems digesting a complicated playbook.
Negatives: Has a muscular frame, but is more smooth-skinned and needs to add more power and bulk to compete at the next level...Because of size issues, he is sometimes slow to react to backfield movement and is late at times getting to the ball when he hesitates in his key reading...Needs a free lane on the pass rush, as he gets covered up and bounced around too much by double teams when attempting to shoot the gaps...Once an offensive lineman gets into his body, he loses the battle, as he is marginal in attempts to shed (lacks good hand placement or a strong punch to jolt)...Could be a liability in man coverage, as he gets too tall in his pedal and takes false steps in transition...Has a poor feel for route progression and when he gives too much cushion to compensate, quarterbacks then attack him underneath...Lacks ideal depth in his pass drops and is better served playing the pass in the short area...His marginal lower body strength lets blockers walk him back off the line (poor anchor)...When the receiver gets behind him, he doesn't have the second gear needed to recover.
Compares To: GERRIS WILKINSON-New York Giants...Like his former teammate at Tech, Hall has to improve his lower body strength. Wilkinson is taller than Hall, but both are smooth-skinned types with adequate muscle development, but just don't have that brute power to blow up ball carriers or split double teams. Hall has experience at all three linebacker spots, but he gets covered up too much working inside from the strong-side spot and was too inconsistent with his reads playing over the middle. Still, his special teams play should earn him a roster spot as a late second-day draft pick.
Leads the team's active players with 212 career tackles...Led the team in tackles with 91 in 2006, marking the 11th consecutive season that a Tech linebacker led the team...Tied with Nick Rogers (1998-2001) for 12th on the school's career record list with 31 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention...Member of the Butkus Award Watch List...Started all fourteen games at strong-side outside linebacker, leading a defense that ranked 20th in the nation vs. the run (104.79 ypg) and held opposing offenses to just one touchdown or less in eight contests...Led the team with a career-high 91 tackles (58 solos)...Had four sacks for minus 41 yards, nine stops for losses of 55 yards and a pair of quarterback pressures...Caused a fumble and recovered two others, advancing one 8 yards...Also deflected four passes.
Started the team's final eleven games at strong-side outside linebacker...Helped the team rank 13th in the nation in run defense (103.92 ypg) and 22nd in total defense (317.5 ypg)... Ranked fourth on the team with 64 tackles (38 solos), as he led the squad with four sacks for minus 34 yards and fourteen stops for losses of 73 yards...Gained 8 yards on a pair of interceptions and deflected three passes...Also caused one fumble.
Played in twelve games, starting eight contests...Came off the bench vs. Samford, Clemson, Connecticut and Georgia when Tech opened those contests using a nickel package...Recorded 45 tackles (23 solos) and finished second on the team with 4.5 sacks for minus 30 yards...Added six stops for losses of 33 yards, two forced fumbles and a pass break-up.
Played mostly on s4pecial teams during the regular season, recording twelve tackles (3 solos)...Had a season-high three tackles with two stops behind the line of scrimmage vs. Tulsa in the Humanitarian Bowl...Also had three tackles vs. Vanderbilt.
2005: Underwent surgery in early September to repair an AC joint separation in his left shoulder, but did not miss any games.
Campus: 4.74 in the 40-yard dash...380-pound bench press...500-pound squat...310-pound power clean...35.5-inch vertical jump...9'7" broad jump...30 5/8-inch arm length...9 5/8-inch hands...Right-handed...17/29 Wonderlic score.
Attended Klein Forest (Houston, Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach Gene Johnson...Served as team captain during his three seasons...Rated the 67th-best linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com and named to Max Emfinger's Texas Super All-State team...Finalist for the Houston Touchdown Club's Defensive Player of the Year honor in 2002 and selected District Most Valuable Defensive Player...As a senior, he recorded 160 tackles, nine stops for losses and two interceptions.
Management major...Son of Nessia and Richard Hall...Born KaMichael Charles Hall (first name pronounced KAY-mike-ull) on 1/22/85...Resides in Houston, Texas.