Aug. 10, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Sophomore Kyler Hall had a standout performance during spring drills and earned the starting spot at free safety. Hall saw action in all 12 games of 2001 and was only one of 12 true freshmen to earn playing time. In the spring, he earned most dependable honors for defensive backs and was named defensive big hitter along with fellow safety Jerome Carter. Recently Hall fractured his right hand during two-a-days, but continues to participate in conditioning drills with his teammates. Kyler took some time to chat with Seminoles.com about his injury, what motivates him and other interesting tidbits.
How is your hand feeling?
It feels fine right now. I had surgery the same day I broke it. They said the sooner the surgery, the quicker and better it heals.
How did the injury occur?
It was during 11-on-11 drills, I hit [senior running back Nick] Maddox. I don’t know really how I did it. I watched it on film and I didn’t really hit his helmet, as far I can see.
When can we expect you back?
I’m supposed to be getting a cast on it next week. So as soon as I get the cast on it, I’ll be back out here practicing.
What NFL player do you admire?
I like Brett Favre, we’re not the same position, but I like the passion he plays with on the field. I’ve always liked watching him play.
What, or who, motivates you in the classroom and on the football field?
My parents, they told me to first get my education. That’s the most important thing because football not guaranteed. This injury could have been a whole lot worse, and my football days could have been over. I’ve got to get the education first.
Motivation on the football field, it’s all the people that helped me get to where I am. The little things that helped me get here and I got to continue doing those things.
What’s it like to be a sophomore starting on the defense?
Last year at this time, I didn’t think that a year from now that I’d be starting or have a chance to start. I was given an opportunity and I had to take advantage of that. When I get back out there practicing, I got to keep on doing the little things, correcting my mistakes and try to get better.
What did you do this summer?
I went home for the first half, so I worked out at my high school. Then I came back for summer [school] session C. I went to Panama City with my family. We go there every summer.
Favorite food: Macaroni and cheese
Favorite movie: “Life” (staring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence)
Cd that is in your cd player right now: “A Country Boy Can Survive”, Chad Brock
Playstation 2 or X-box: PS2
Game that you are currently playing: NCAA Football 2003