First-Round Talent Bryce Hall Aiming For Improvement in Senior Season
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Bryce Hall made the rounds at ACC Media Day, doing interview after interview.
The soft-spoken rising senior from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, has developed into one of the best defensive backs in the country.
Head coach Bronco Mendenhall says, "Bryce approaches every day as if he is going to work. He shows up early, and has his own space, really, in our football facility, where he studies film, and practices his craft on film and on paper, and he's there from morning until night around his classes."
Last season Hall led the entire country in pass-breakups (22), and was tied for passes defended (24), but he only had two interceptions, and says that's an area he wants to improve upon.
"For me personally, turn these (Pass Break-Up's) into interceptions, polish up my game in terms of technique, and fundamentals, and I think just be sold out for the mission," says Hall.
The First Team All-ACC selection also says he wants to become a better leader. Hall says he wants to share his knowledge, and help his teammates become the best player they can be.
"It stretches me outside my comfort zone," says Hall, "because usually I lead by example, and don't say too much. Now you have to be more vocal, communicate more, and help people."
Senior quarterback Bryce Perkins says, "There's things that you can do to be the best, and the things that he does, it models what coaches teach. If you could make a player, like a player vault, you put qualities into it, it's like Bryce Hall. Just looking at him, it's shaped my practices during the offseason, and what I want to do and accomplish, and how I go about accomplishing those goals, too."
Hall says it will take a team effort to help the 'Hoos live up to higher expectations this season.
"Everybody matters," says Hall. "If you are on the sideline, and not in the play, you do have an important role, and that's to cheer on your teammates, and we're just trying to build that camaraderie and brotherhood, and the more hard things we do, the close we get. I think that's at the core of what we always want to establish at UVa.