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The Cardinal Countdown: 19 Days Until Kickoff

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#19 Hassan Hall

Class: Junior

Ht/Wt: 6-0/204

Position: Running Back

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Twitter: @Sayblackboyyy

Thoughts: Just in case y’all forgot, let me remind you real quick that the Cards running back room is in fact quite the ‘stable’ as they loving refer to themselves. Hassan Hall is a legit problem for opposing teams and his speed is a game changer. While Hawkins received a lot of attention last year for his breakout Hall continued to deliver in a supporting role out of the backfield chalking up over 500 yards and five touchdowns on just 108 attempts. His 4.64yd/att average last season was better than his 2018 performance when many people saw him as a the future back for the Cards.

Knowing he was a weapon Louisville has utilized his speed and shiftiness in the kick return game and Hall has responded as one of the best to ever do it for the Cards. I broke down some of his highs earlier in the countdown but his 30.5yd/ret average was 4th in the nation last year and his 786 total yards was Top 10 nationally as well.

The ACC put together a little highlight reel through the first seven weeks of the 2019 season for all you visual learners who enjoy watching the movie instead of reading the book…

Hall and Hawkins, along with the rest of the backs, may very well be the Top RB group in the ACC this year and some sites have pegged them Top 10 nationally. While the Cards don’t exactly go full “running back by committee” Hall gets a fair share of carries and provides a nice counter to what Hawkins can do, but his real threat is tearing teams apart in the return game. I have no reason to think that changes in 2020.

Sweet Tweet:

My house is quickly becoming a retirement home as me and the Mrs. are constantly saying “what?” or “I didn’t hear you” to each other on the regular. I just blame the kids singing or toddler screams to make myself feel better.