Senior receiver DJ Hall (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) has put together a nice collection of records during his career at the University of Alabama.
Hall set Alabama records for most receiving yards (season), most consecutive 100-yard games (season), most receiving yards (career) and most 100-yard games (career). On Saturday, when the Crimson Tide faces the Houston Cougars, Hall can add his name to the top of one more list in the record books.
“That’s not really my big focus,” Hall said. “We want to go out and do what we have to do as a team. Afterwards, if we win then we can think about the record.”
He is three catches shy of becoming Alabama’s all-time leader for receptions. Hall currently has 150 career receptions and trails Freddie Milons’ (1998-2001) school record of 152 career receptions by two entering Saturday’s homecoming game.
The senior said the most important thing on Saturday is not the pass-catching record, but for the team to show improvement after back-to-back losses to Georgia and FSU.
“It’s been tough because we haven’t been executing like we know we can and haven’t been putting up the points like we know we are capable of,” Hall said. “We have to overcome adversity and be able to bounce back and that is what we are going to try and do this week.”
Hall became Alabama’s all-time leader for receiving yards during the Tide’s win over Arkansas on Sept. 15. He broke the previous record of 2,070 career yards held by Ozzie Newsome (1974-77). Hall now has 150 career catches for 2,338 yards and 14 touchdowns in his 40-game career.
His 172 receiving yards against Arkansas (Sept. 15) set a career-high for yardage and ranks fourth on the Alabama single-game receiving yards list. Hall’s previous single-game yardage high at Alabama was a 157-yard performance (on 11 catches) against Utah State in 2005. Hall’s 172 receiving yards was his 11th career 100-yard game, extending his own school record.
Through five games this season, Hall leads the Tide with 23 catches for 420 yards (18.3 average) and three touchdowns. He has led Alabama in catches twice this season - against Vanderbilt (3) and Florida State (7). He has led the Tide in receiving yards in four of the first five games, including Western Carolina (52), Vanderbilt (67), Arkansas (172) and Florida State (83).
Hall did say that one day when he looks back on his UA career he will truly understand the significance of his accomplishments.
“You don’t think about in that point of view, but you think about yourself as you want to go out and be the best,” he added. “If that’s what being the best is, breaking a lot of records, then definitely that’s what you want to do.
“It’s very special. It is an all-out blessing. A lot of people don’t have the opportunities that I have had. I am very blessed.”
In addition to his numerous school records, Hall has caught at least one pass in 24 consecutive games, dating back to the 2005 season. Hall’s current streak began at Ole Miss on October 15, 2005, when he hauled in a 10-yard reception in the second quarter.