Yes, it’s early March, but if there is one thing we know about Iowa State running back Breece Hall, it’s that he’s always keeping notes on who is slighting him.
This dates back to his time in high school, when he was an underrecruited three-star prospect out of Wichita. This past season, his high school coach Steve Martin said on Twitter that he told Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley he was missing out on Breece Hall. OU never recruited Hall.
Hall was also lit after he did not win the Doak Walker Award given to the nation’s top running back.
This latest slight for Breece comes from Pro Football Focus, who listed its top returning running backs for the 2021 season, and amazingly Breece Hall did not make the Top 5.
This is a slight of epic proportions, and Hall took notice on Twitter when he responded to Pro Football Focus with this simple, yet highly effective tweet.
While I admittedly didn’t watch much SEC this past fall, the idea that Kansas State’s Deuce Vaughn and OU’s Kennedy Brooks made the list ahead of Hall is absurd and wrong. Hall led the Big 12 in rushing yards per game by more than 30 yards, he had 21 rushing touchdowns, 11 more than anyone else in the league, and his 5.6 rushing yards per game were more than anyone else in the Big 12 with at least 87 carries (he had 279).
I can’t imagine there is a single Big 12 coach who would honestly take those two over Breece Hall for the 2021 season. Kennedy Brooks didn’t play in 2020 due to COVID and while he had a great 2019 season, he also was running behind one of the best offensive lines in America. And Deuce Vaughn is a stud in the Big 12, but his durability just isn’t close to Hall’s at this point. You can say he’s shiftier and a better pass catcher than Hall, but that’s about it.
But with Iowa State having huge expectations heading into the 2021 season, giving Breece Hall another reason to have a chip on his shoulder seems like a bad idea for his opponents.
Then again, for all their supposed “expert analysis”, Pro Football Focus has been known to be wrong once or twice… OK, actually a lot more than that.
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