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'Do-it-all Hall' reflects before final game

Bring up Vic Hall’s name to Virginia Coach Al Groh, and you’d think you just asked Groh about his own son.

“I always feel very inadequate in trying to properly profile Vic for people who don't know him,” Groh said. “You just have to be around him on a daily basis to know his goodness and his values and everything that he's about. That's why I would extend it beyond saying he's a special player. He's a very special person. He's one of those kind of players that -- one of those kind of associations that make this a very fortunate profession to be able to be in.”

Hall is a favorite of Groh's, and for good reason. On the field, he earned the nickname “Do-it-all Hall” and has lined up at cornerback, safety, quarterback, wide receiver, kick returner and holder throughout his career. Hall also has scored touchdowns four different ways: on a pass, a run, a catch and an interception return. He also has had two touchdown returns on punts called back because of penalty.

Hall’s performance against Virginia Tech last season will forever go down in rivalry lore despite the Cavaliers’ loss. In a surprise start at quarterback, he rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns while also recording three tackles, a sack and a forced fumble on defense.

He is a two-time captain who has earned the respect of his teammates. There's also more to him than the fans see on Saturday. Quarterback Jameel Sewell speaks about how “smart” Hall is off the field, and how he figures out how he’s outstanding with electronics. Sewell compared Hall to the “Geek Squad” at Best Buy.

But there is also the caveat to Hall’s career that he was never fully utilized one way -- and possibly never utilized the proper way. How would the Cavaliers have been if he was always a wide receiver, or if he had a chance to play quarterback before this season? Hall has gone from position to position. He’ll be used on his Senior Day at a spot that he just picked up during this season,.

“I got a chance to play quarterback, defensive back, wide receiver – also line up in the Wildcat – and I’ll take it as a great experience,” Hall said. “Not a lot of guys get to do that over the span of five years or four years. I got the chance to do it just in this one season. It was a very memorable and a very exciting season for that matter.”

When Sewell filled in effectively for Hall after Hall’s injury this season, Hall went into Groh’s office and expressed that he thought Sewell should remain at quarterback and did not want a quarterback controversy. Hall has played hurt throughout the season – “how can you not play if you could walk?” he asked – and he threw a touchdown pass against Clemson even though he had not practiced the entire week leading up to the game.

When asked how he would like to be remembered by Virginia fans, Hall provided an answer that captures the personality his teammates – and his coach – rave about.

“I just want them to say, whatever I did, I gave everything I had and I was willing to do whatever,” Hall said. “If that’s all they say, then I’ll be happy.”

By Zach Berman  |  November 25, 2009; 12:35 PM ET
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Great football player. Wish he'd had the opportunity to be on some better teams. Hope more than anything he can go out the right way on Saturday. He knows what this rivalry means to the state.

Posted by: the_slammer | November 25, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

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