Hall returns to supporting role

Fullback makes most of replacing Ballard

Navy Notebook

October 04, 2006|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Sun Reporter

Navy senior fullback Matt Hall was just glad to be out there again, involved in the Midshipmen's offense. Hall was not happy his increased playing time came at the expense of starter Adam Ballard, the junior who left Saturday's 41-17 rout at Connecticut early in the second half with numbness in his hand, caused by a stinger.

But Hall, who gained 38 yards on a season-high eight carries against the Huskies, has been on both sides of unexpected opportunities. As the heir apparent to Kyle Eckel in 2005, Hall was coming into his own, before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Notre Dame. Then, a great preseason camp contest between him and Ballard fizzled after Hall pulled a hamstring and missed nearly two weeks of practice.

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