August 6, 2012

Door still open for Hall



When the post spring depth chart was rolled out, many Georgia fans had one question.

Who is Merritt Hall?

Hall is currently listed as the starting fullback on the Bulldog depth chart, and a according to the redshirt freshman, it has to do with his knowledge of the position.

"I think the big thing is that I just learned the play book and tried to be as dependable as possible," said Hall. "Obviously, coming in a redshirt freshman, it is tough to do that, but I just try to come out here and do everything perfect and show the coaches I am dependable."

Just a few practices into fall camp, the Alpharetta native continues to share first team reps with senior Richard Samuel and junior Zander Ogletree.

As those three, along with freshman Quayvon Hicks, battle for playing time at the position, they also lean on one another for support.

"We go out there and try to have the best practice that we can. Richard and Zander are very experienced and know what to do. So we are all out there competing," he said. "At the same time, we are all friends. We are out there having fun, and helping each other. That is one thing I have noticed about this team this year. We have a lot of selfless guys on the team this year. Guys that are just helping each other out with something we may not understand or reminding each other about things. It's always good to compete for a spot but to also have guys out there that have your back."

The Wesleyan high school product spent the summer becoming even more familiar with the Georgia playbook, but he also used it as a time to put on the mass needed to handle an SEC caliber pounding a one of the most physical positions on the field.

"In the spring was around 220 to 225 pounds," he said. "Now I am around 230 to 235 pounds, and I feel like I am moving well. I think it will help me."

On Monday, Hall and his position mates took the field for the first time in full pads since spring practice and worked out for close to two hours at Woodruff practice fields.

It was a day the whole team had been looking forward to.

"It was great to get out there. The first day in full pads is always fun. It is an exciting day with people hitting each other," said Hall. "The 3on3's were great, and it was just a great day."

As for the performance of himself and the rest of the Georgia backfield, Hall has been impressed by what he has seen in fall camp from himself and the entire UGA backfield.

Including Georgia's young running backs Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley.

"I was out there just trying to go full speed and I saw the same thing out of the other guys," said Hall. "They (Marshall and Gurley) are doing a great job. They are doing awesome. The thing is about them is that they are listening to coach and they are fixing their mistakes. When they have mistakes, they don't come out and make the same mistakes again. They are working at it and understand the plays well. The more they understand, the more they will be able to get out on the field and show how fast they are and how confident they are."

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