Just like how every football game is about how you finish, so too is every player’s career. When Amir Hall was initially recruited out of high school, he could have been discouraged by the lack of initial scholarships. But all he needed was the coaching staff of Bowie State to believe in his abilities. Over the past four years, Hall has repaid their trust by registering one of the most impressive careers by a Bulldog and aims to be the fourth player in the past decade to make the jump from Bowie State to the NFL.
After taking over the starting QB spot midway through his freshman year, Hall has never looked back, developing his game to be as complete a football player as possible. With the physical tools needed to excel at the collegiate level, Hall’s improvement over each aspect of his game was something to see.
Hall led all Division II passers before the playoffs with over 4,000 yards passing and was the only one among that group to break the 4K mark. Consistently, Hall has displayed a knack for understanding coverages, identifying the open receiver pre-snap, and also has a flair for improvising when the defense mixes things up.
Make no mistake, despite his prodigious arm talent and accuracy (completing over 60 percent of his passes nine times this season), Hall can also scramble and take off with the best of them as his long strides allow him to eat up space before defenders can get near him. He rushed for 445 yards and six touchdowns as a senior and was responsible for 38 touchdowns overall.
It should come as no surprise to see Hall’s stock rise in the coming weeks, especially given his body of work. In fact, despite missing two games a year ago, Hall posted 3,519 passing yards, 41 touchdowns and only four interceptions that season, along with eight rushing scores. That and leading the Bulldogs to their first home NCAA Division II playoff match propelled him to being named the 2017 Black College Football Player of the Year.
As the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl approaches, it will be the first time for many to see what HBCU and Division II audiences have long known: that Hall is a supremely talented and hard-working quarterback, determined to finish out his career on a high note. And if he has his way, it won’t be the last time he showcases his skills.
– David Chough
NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Analyst