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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: Hassan Hall has had a crazy journey with the Cards going from a super talent in the return game to a penciled in RB1 that ended up splitting some time to another penciled in RB1 who will likely split time again due to the depth of the position. With all that said Hall has still made a mark in the few seasons he’s been here in two of the three phases of the game. Last year Hall became only the 43rd player ever to rush for 1,000 yards in his career (Hall will likely blow past that in the next season or two), and Hall is also Top 5 all time in kickoff return yardage and has a shot to finish #1 all time with a solid 2021 and/or ‘22.

As we enter 2021 Hall is the number one return man with a bullet, but the Cards have added some weapons back there which may actually help Hassan as they can’t kick away from him and have to pick their poison so to speak. Hall is looking to get back to those 2019 numbers this year and I think he can do just that. As far as his contributions on the ground I think he’s a solid 1A or number two along with Jalen Mitchell a week into the fall. Yes, there will be others who get looks (Cooley, Burkley, etc) but they trust Hall to make a play and nothing has changed in that regard.

Hall has been around a bit, earned All-ACC awards, finished as one of the best returners in the nation (2019), and like I noted above has already eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing in his career. The guy, for all he’s done, is a bit underappreciated in my view and I think this year will give him an opportunity to remind those who’ve forgotten just how important he can be in a couple different areas.

Sweet Tweet:

Had a few of those nights recently as well Hassan. Long days at work, kids wearing me out…only one thing really to do and that’s WATCH LATE NIGHT INFOMERCIALS! If this proclamation is surprising to you where have you been?!?! You miss all these?!? (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) For like the ninth year in row I’m gonna hit you with some solid products you should be checking out.

Me: These look incredible, we should probably snatch up three or four pair

Mrs. CardinalStrong: Please, I’m begging you. We do not need light up shoelaces. NOBODY needs light up shoelaces.

Me: Wow. I can see you’re real sympathetic to the early riser who goes out for a jog, or the late night construction worker just trying to put food on his table. Or the elderly person who has difficulty finding their shoes in a dark closet. Or the s-

Mrs. CardinalStrong: You are none of those things, and therefore we do not need them.

Me: I was actually going to get them for the kids, for all their hard work in school during the pandemic and everything…really proud of them.

Mrs. CardainlStrong: Awww. I’m sorry. I didn’t realize that’s what you were thinking. That’s a really thoughtful ide-………..you aren’t really gonna get them for the kids, are you?

Me: I meant they can see how awesome they look in MY shoes…pretty much the same thing. ORDER IT!

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Me: Okay, okay. It’s like these dang TVs are out here reading minds now. How’d they know I needed this?

Mrs. CardinalStrong: I honestly can’t wait to hear what nonsense spews from your mouth as to why you need an indestructible belt. Let me hear it.

Me: Okay Picasso, let me paint you a little picture. Imagine this…me and you, going for a nice stroll on the walking bridge when all the sudden, BOOM crazy guy with a ‘Go Cats’ tattoo on his mug comes charging at us with a knife. I whip out this belt, block your face, knife bounces off into the Ohio and ya boy is a hero.....saved you’re life. While crowd applauds my actions I’ve still got my head on a full swivel because then the same guy pulls out a gun and starts firing, I’m blocking bullets with this thing left and right like I’m a Jedi knight with Baby Yoda in my fanny pack or something. Saved you’re life…again.

Mrs. CardainlStrong: That is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. And just because it says the word ‘kevlar’ doesn’t mean it’s bulletproof, genius. It’s like 90% leather.

Me: But that other 10%...well, that's live savin’ material. I’mma get me one of these and be whipping it around like Indiana Jones…crack, crack….they’ll never see it coming.

Mrs. CardinalStrong: You buy that thing and I’m actually gonna root for the guy with the knife.

Me: That hurts, babe. My heart, unlike this belt, is not indestructible. ORDER IT!