As a freshman in 2011, Rannell Hall was primarily Central Florida's return man, and in his first year in Conference USA, he led the league in kick off returns by averaging 31 yards per attempt. He also was the first freshman to earn first-team league honors since 2005.
Last year, Hall had just four receptions for 34 yards, but in 2012, he eclipsed that in his first game this year with four receptions for 94 yards. Hall has made the transition to become a key contributor at the wide receiver position.This year, he already has 22 receptions and leads the team in yards per catch at 18.1. He also leads the team in touchdowns with four.
His teammates have noticed Hall's improvement this year:
"He's playing real well," senior wide receiver Rob Calabrese said of Hall. "The big thing for him from this year to last year is he learned a lot. He learned the system, so he understands the scheme now and knows how to attack coverage."
Hall mentioned that he has been doing a lot of off the field work to improve his game:
"I've been getting a lot of film work, understanding the defenses, understanding the defensive backs," Hall said. "Playing smarter. That's the important part of the game. It's more mental than physical."
He has the size, skills and speed to be a great wide receiver, but it takes the extra study work to truly get to that point.