Hall looks to build off super sophomore season with Idaho

August 23, 2017

Ed Hall football

Ed Hall

For a state that provided the University of Idaho football team with some great players, it looks like Alaska’s Ed Hall is next in line.

The starting linebacker from Chugiak looks to build off a strong sophomore season in which he finished fourth on the team with 70 tackles.

Idaho is coming off a 9-win season that included a 61-50 win over Colorado State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Hall, of Eagle River High fame, actually came to Idaho to major in mechanical engineering, not necessarily to play football.

“I guess the engineering department, that’s where the credit goes,” Vandals coach Paul Petrino told the Spokesman-Review.

High praise for a high-caliber player.

The 6-foot, 210-pounder is a former walk-on that owns 100 career tackles in 25 games.

“I knew I could play,” Hall told the newspaper. “It was either walk on or go to a junior college. I didn’t want to take the juco route. That’s a rough life. I thought I’d try to walk on and earn a scholarship.”

Hall is next in a long line of Alaskan playing well for the Vandals, joining the likes of Mark Schlereth and Mao Tosi of Anchorage.

His role model isn’t a former NFL player with Idaho ties, but rather his brother Zerbin Singleton, a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter pilot who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and played football for the school.

“Ed is like the ultimate student athlete. He’s a walk-on who earned a scholarship. He’s majoring in mechanical engineering. He’s a classic overachiever,” Petrino said. “He’s the guy every parent wants their son to be and their daughter to marry.”