Hall Happy To Be On The Field

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Vic Hall is competiting for playing time at corner.

Vic Hall set countless state records as a quarterback at Gretna High and was ranked the ninth-best signal caller in the country for the 2004 season by SuperPrep. But he doesn’t think of himself as a quarterback as much as a football player.

“A football player just likes to play football no matter what position he plays, he just likes to play football,” Hall said. “I guess coach just figured that I was as a football player, which I am. I just want to be a dependable player, no matter what the position.”

So when Al Groh approached Hall after Virginia’s 28-17 loss to Boston College and asked the freshman to learn the cornerback position and move from the quarterback position, Hall did not hesitate before giving the Virginia coach his answer.

“We had an injury at cornerback and we were light at the position,” Hall said. “Coach said we needed some help and I said ‘Whatever I can do to help the team, I’ll do.’ It kind of stuck with me; I kind of liked the position. I still have a desire to play quarterback, but right now I’m just helping the team as best I can. If they need people at that position, that’s what I’ll do.”

Phillip Brown left the team because of academic problems before the start of the 2005 season and freshman Chris Cook , Hall’s cousin, suffered a season-ending leg injury against Boston College on Oct. 10. Heavily depleted at the cornerback position, Groh turned to Hall, who continues to practice at the position during this year’s spring practice period.

While Kevin McCabe , Jameel Sewell and Scott Deke all battle to unseat Christian Olsen, the preseason favorite for the starting quarterback position, Hall and Cook will join Mike Brown as the top reserves this spring at the cornerback spot, where senior Marcus Hamilton and junior Chris Gorham