D.J. Hall Performance Review

After the 90th edition of the Third Saturday in October, many fans were wondering why nobody dressed in orange was covering D.J. Hall. Heck, even John Parker Wilson thought so himself:

Wilson remained calm in the pocket, often floating dump passes over the heads of blitzing defenders, and Hall was nearly unstoppable when he lined up in the slot. Ten of Hall’s catches came in the first half.
“They weren’t covering him,” Wilson said. “I don’t know what they were doing.”

At first glance, it is easy to claim that Hall had a field day since he went against a porous defense. However, one could make the arguement that Hall simply did what he does best- making big catches against Tennessee. Let’s take a look at the stats for Hall:

2004: Did Not Play

2005: 139 yards, 10 catches, 0 TDs

2006: 102 yards, 7 catches, 0 TDs

2007: 185 yards, 13 catches, 2 TDs

Total: 426 yards, 14.2 yards per catch, 2 TDs

While he hasn’t scored every year, he has played a huge part in Alabama’s offensive game plan against Tennessee. Plus, his scoreless outings weren’t without huge plays. Observe:

2005

Though this game will be forever remembered as a defensive slug fest (or two poor offenses), D.J. Hall made the biggest offensive play of the game against a very talented defense, helping to set up the winning field goal.

2006

About as close to a Prothro catch as you’ll ever seen anytime soon. Though Alabama lost this game, Hall’s amazing catch kept the Tide in the game with this drive that set up a touchdown. This was from a lame duck pass, which makes the catch even more impressive.

So, did D.J. benefit from a bad defense, or does he just have what it takes on Third Saturday? Well, it is certainly a mixture of both, although I’d have to say Hall would’ve dominated no matter what. He was certainly fired up to show up UT ‘s defense, which told him that he wouldn’t catch a single pass that day. But, the cushion given to Hall at times is unexplainable. He was on pace to have 20 catches until Tennessee adjusted slightly. This may be a performance Tide fans remember for a long time in regards to our all time leading receiver. Hopefully, it won’t be the last.

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One Response to “D.J. Hall Performance Review”

  1. wescrimson Says:

    Well the 2006 catch was more spectacular, but I liked the 2005 one better since Bama won the game.

    In the 2006 catch, in one way it was better than Prothro’s catch because it was caught sandwiched in between two Tennessee players in almost triple (defensive)coverage. Of couse it was a bigger game too with the Vols.

    Of course in Protho’s catch there was the edge that both players tumbled and rolled ( Tide Roll) and Prothro held onto the almost impossible catch.

    A slight edge to Prothro on the single best catch, but they were both great Bama players and of course Hall has had a great college career and is a great pro prospect.


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