Virginia CB Bryce Hall Focused on Bowl Game, Not Accolades
Virginia junior cornerback Bryce Hall is solely focused on the bowl game against South Carolina, despite the All-ACC and All-American honors, and predictions of a first round selection in the NFL Draft.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Virginia football team will play in the Belk Bowl on December 29th, as the Cavaliers will be taking on South Carolina in Charlotte.
The Gamecocks averaged 440-yards of total offense this season.
They were third in the SEC with 277-yards passing per game, which means someone like cornerback Bryce Hall could have a major impact on the outcome.
Virginia defensive back Bryce Hall wasn't on the 2018 All-ACC Preseason Team.
But after a strong junior campaign, he was named First Team All-Conference.
The honors continue to roll in, as Hall has also been named Second Team All-American by the Football Writers Association and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
"It's a huge honor," says Hall. "It's a blessing to see how the work that we put in is starting to pay off. It's an honor to be up there with some of the greats who have also been named All-American."
Head coach Bronco Mendenhall says, "There are some times in sports and some times in life, where the public accolades warrant and reflect the preparation and the diligence, and this would be one. His preparation is really what he ought to be All-American for."
Mendenhall says he's particularly impressed by Hall's dedication to the film room.
"I think it was 6:30 on a Saturday night, and he was here, by himself, studying tape," says Mendenhall. "His preparation is exceptional."
Hall says he's seen a talented South Carolina team on film.
"I like the receivers they got, so it's going to be a good matchup," says Hall. "They got a good offense. They got a good quarterback. It's really going to test us as a secondary, and we look forward to the challenges."
Hall has been a starter since his freshman season at UVa.
He leads the nation with twenty pass breakups, and also has 59-tackles and two interceptions.
Only a junior, Hall has been receiving a lot of attention in NFL Mock Drafts, including First Round potential.
"Right now, I'm just solely focused on South Carolina, and developing into the best I can as a player," say Hall. "That kind of stuff tends to take away from what we're building to as a team. So I'm kind of setting that aside right now, and just focusing on this week, and just preparing for South Carolina."
The Cavaliers and Gamecocks kickoff on December 29th at noon in Charlotte, North Carolina.