PROVO, UT – Last year, BYU quarterback Jaren Hall was hit from the start of the 2021 season. He was injured in the win over Arizona State, but missed the next two against South Florida and Utah State, plus he was held out of the Independence Bowl loss to UAB. His health is of utmost importance this season.
Being healthy is one thing Hall is thankful for, in addition to knowing all offseason that he would be BYU’s starting quarterback. This allowed him to get all important first team reps as well as very few if any live reps as he was not only experienced but also a returning starter.
A healthy season for BYU QB Jaren Hall
Hall’s mobility is one of the reasons he tends to get hit. He rushed for a modest 307 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games last year, so that’s always a possibility if he gets a hit. This year is poised to be different, Hall told Unrivaled’s Alex Keary and Scott Mitchell during her weekly appearance.
“Hi, as long as I can control football is a wild game,” Hall said. “I guess, again, as part of my preparation, the way I’ve grown this offseason is mentally, and I think understanding the football better, understanding defenses, I think that’s the best way to stay healthy , to get ahead of other teams by staying in front of the defense and outperforming them. So for me, that’s my goal, and then that’s my job, to make sure I’m making the smartest play possible and being available for every play.”
“Last year there were times when it was very uncomfortable, but that’s part of the game,” Hall added. “So I’m coming in fully healthy, I’ve got a very veteran wide receiving room around me.”
“There was obviously a quarterback battle last year. So we’re kind of in and out, we don’t get that many reps. So this fall camp was a lot of live reps against our only defense. The most helpful thing was going up against these guys.
Getting those reps over and over and without having to split up will only make Hall a better and more confident quarterback.
Under the radar pass hunters?
BYU has depth at the wide receiver and tight end positions, but those units aren’t completely healthy. Tight end Isaac Rex said he’s about 85 percent and may not be fully healthy until the end of the season. Then there’s shooting guard Romney, who gave an update during his weekly appearance on Jake and Ben and said he “hopes” to play in Week 1 against the South Florida Bulls.
“No, not at this time. I think we’re taking it game by game,” Romney said. “I’m hopeful and hopefully I can play this weekend. But you know, we’ll see during the game what the overall decision is.”
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With Romney’s status up in the air and Rex not fully healthy, Hall will have to rely on a few names that haven’t been mentioned as much during fall camp. He’s confident in the younger guys who will step up and play when their number is called.
“Two guys that come to mind are Chase Roberts, this local kid from [American Fork] he’s a real playmaker here,” Hall added. “Then Cody Epps, [he is a] smooth runner and a kid that a lot of people should be very excited about for his future. That goes for both of us.”
Expect a few new guys to play live this week against South Florida and a chance to impress the coaching staff to see if they can move up the depth chart to earn more playing time as the season progresses. Depth will be needed not only with a few hitting guys, but it will be hot and relatively humid in Tampa as Game 1 starts this week at 4pm local time.