Emanuel Hall is a name that has begun to garner a lot of attention over the past six months for the Missouri Tigers.
Coming in to the 2017-18 football season, Hall wasn’t a starting receiver and managed just five receptions in Missouri’s first four games. He was becoming a ghost on a team that seemed lost after getting lit up by Purdue and Auburn in weeks three and four, respectively.
However, that changed when starting WR Dimetrios Mason quit the Tigers and Hall was given the starting job. In the two games following the Auburn blowout, Hall had eight receptions for 270 yards and three touchdowns. From there, both he and his team found their footing and changed the outlook of the season.
He finished the year with eight touchdowns, good for third most on the team. His 817 receiving yards were second only to J’Mon Moore, who ended with 1082 yards. His 24.8 yards/game, was a significant improvement from his 2016 season, in which he averaged 16.2 yards/game.
Now going into his senior year at Mizzou, Hall is set to become the ultimate threat.
Last season, he would primarily run a straight route or a deep post, utilizing his speed and essentially trying to beat his defender with it. That doesn’t appear to be the case this season, as the Tigers new offensive coordinator, Derek Dooley, has plans to expand Hall’s role with the team. When speaking to reporters on the change, Dooley said Hall has to “be able to hurt them in other ways.”
At one of their practices this summer, The Kansas City Star’s Aaron Reiss noted that Hall was running drills where he was making inside cuts and engaging the defender to create space. Adding these slants and other routes to his skillset, the senior said he expects to be able to draw on a full route tree.
Hall has a chance to truly shine this season under Dooley, especially with him being listed as the teams No. 1 wideout on the depth chart. If he manages to find some chemistry with QB Drew Lock on these new routes, opposing defenses are sure to have their work cut out for them.