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One to Watch at Alabama’s A-Day: OLB Terrell Hall

The D.C. Freak?

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Standing at 6’5” 251 (and looking even bigger than that), Terrell enters his second year on campus as a top candidate to become the Jack linebacker. Recruited as a defensive end in high school, the D.C. native is a monstrous specimen with tree-trunk arms and a loping speed that can close the distance on the ball carrier in a hurry.

Hall got playing time in 11 games last year as a true freshman, and recorded 11 tackles of his own to boot. He’s a ferocious pass rusher, whether his hand is in the dirt or standing up, and either way it is a terrifying sight for a QB to see a 6’5” monster of a man running full speed at him. And he’s not just a massive person.... he’s got exceptional quickness and can slip around a lineman as easily as run through them.

Hall wears #24.

Last season, three different Jack linebackers got extensive time as back-ups to Tim Williams and Ryan Anderson in Hall, Anfernee Jennings, and Christian Miller.

With Williams and Anderson leaving for the NFL, these three will be competing for two starting spots, though in the end I expect they’ll rotate freely and the three will likely all have similar snap counts by the end of the season.

Miller is the veteran, and has more explosiveness and speed than the other two. Jennings is a prototypical OLB/DE hybrid, with a squat body type and nearly all of his experience coming from along the defensive line. Meanwhile Hall is just absolutely terrifying.

And when it comes to the Tide defense, I like terrifying.