Former Clemson Tigers point guard Rod Hall, after averaging 7.2 points and three assists per game in four years with the team, is shifting his focus to football and will play at the University of Northern Iowa for a year. Hall visitd the campus on Wednesday and canceled all other visits.
Mandrallius Robinson of the Greenville News reported Hall’s decision.
Hall played football in high school and shifted his focus to solely basketball when he enrolled at Clemson, but that didn’t stop him from working out for NFL teams in the spring. Speaking to Robinson, he explained his reasons for heading to UNI.
“I’ll get a good bit of reps in school and get familiar with football all over again,” said Hall.
“I just know I have a good chance to get in and play as soon as I get there,” Hall said. “They are switching the offense to more of a no-huddle, and I know I can pick up on things easily.”
Hall will play wide receiver for the Panthers, after playing both that position and defensive back during his NFL workouts before suffering a hamstring injury. Playing football may seem like an odd decision, but keep in might that Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham (now with the Seattle Seahawks) also played basketball at Miami before heading to the NFL.
Hall will thus join a UNI FCS program that has gone 120-56 (71-30 MVFC) in fourteen seasons under coach Mark Farley, who has led the team to seven conference titles along the way. If Hall can pick up the game again quickly and succeed, perhaps he can indeed bring his game to the NFL.
UNI opens the 2015 season on the road against Iowa State.
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