Back for senior year, Hall using spring to improve

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- This could have been a big weekend for Bryce Hall.

Last fall, Hall was projected as a potential early-round prospect in this year's NFL Draft, which kicks off Thursday night and runs through Saturday. But after the Cavaliers' shutout victory over South Carolina in December's Belk Bowl, Hall announced that he was passing on the draft and instead returning to Virginia for his senior season.

So instead of awaiting that phone call as the draft unfolds this weekend, Hall and his UVA teammates are wrapping up spring practice. The Cavaliers will play their spring game on Saturday at Scott Stadium.

Hall has been a starter at cornerback for the Cavaliers for the last 33 games, going back to midway through his true freshman season. He emerged as an All-American as a junior last season, finishing the year with 22 pass break-ups, the most in the country.

UVA coach Bronco Mendenhall pointed to that statistic when asked how Hall can improve his game heading into his senior year with the Wahoos.

"He led the nation last year in passes broken up. Probably seven to eight of those were interceptable," Mendenhall said. "And so besides just knocking the ball down and not allowing the opponent to catch it is actually taking the ball away, and securing the catch."

"And then from a run support and tackling standpoint, to be a complete corner and to add value to the team in a different way," the head coach added. "There's always work to do in that area also."

Hall finished last season with a pair of interceptions. He's got five in his first three seasons at UVA. He also made a career-high 62 tackles last fall.

Throughout last season, Hall drew praise from Mendenhall and others about his wok ethic off the football field, particularly in his meticulous film study. The rising senior says passing those habits down to teammates is another way he can help the Wahoos improve in his final college season.

"That's one of the things that I want to work on moving forward, is just how can I pour out the wisdom I have with the rest of the team," Hall said. "So it's something that, just as far as like really searching, making really clear goals for what I want to accomplish since I'm coming back, and how can I help others."

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