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Hall named to Walter Camp Watch List; BYU hoops adds another commit

By Daily Herald - | Jul 29, 2022

Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo

BYU sophomore quarterback Jaren Hall scores a touchdown during the 38-24 Cougar loss to Baylor in Waco, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. (Jaren Wilkey, BYU Photo)

The Walter Camp Football Foundation has named BYU quarterback Jaren Hall as one of 50 players on the Preseason Watch List for the 2022 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the nation’s fourth-oldest individual college football accolade.

Hall, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior is one of 19 quarterbacks on the prestigious watchlist that includes 42 offensive players along with eight from the defensive side of the ball. Hall is also a 2022 watch list candidate for the Davey O’Brien Award and the Maxwell Award.

Despite missing three games due to injury in 2021, Hall completed 189 of 296 passes for 2,583 yards and 20 touchdowns, while compiling an efficiency rating of 156.1. He also had 62 caries for 307 yards (4.9 per carry) and three rushing touchdowns, while leading No. 19 ranked BYU to eight wins in 10 starts during the 2021 season.

At the conclusion of the 2021 season, Hall was named Pro Football Network All-Independent Quarterback of the Year and was named to the Phil Steele All-Independent First Team as well as the Pro Football Network All-Independent First Team. In addition, Hall was recognized by College Sports Madness as Independent Offensive Player of the Week twice during the season and was on the Davey O’Brien Award Midseason Watch List.

Former Michigan State and current Seattle Seahawk rookie running back Kenneth Walker III was the 2021 Walter Camp Player of Year.

The 2022 Walter Camp watch list will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists in mid-November. The 2022 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 130 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced on Dec. 8, during The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN.

The winner will receive the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award at the Foundation’s 55th annual national awards banquet in New Haven, Conn in early 2023.

Hao Dong commits to BYU men’s basketball

Small forward Hao Dong, who played for the Real Salt Lake Academy post-grad team last season, has committed to Mark Pope and the Cougars. Dong, who is originally from China, is slated to join the 2022-23 team as a walk-on, according to Vanquish the Foe’s Robby McCombs.

Dong (6-foot-6) and his teammates compete mainly against junior college competition. He scored 25 points for RSL Academy against Western Wyoming and 15 points against Snow College. Dong also competed at the high school level in Spain.

Battle4Atlantis Tournament reveals Cougars’ first opponent

BYU men’s basketball coach Mark Pope and his staff have been working hard to schedule Quad 1 games that will help the team’s NCAA Tournament resume.

Playing in the Battle4Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas during Thanksgiving week fits that bill nicely.

The Cougars open the tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 23 against USC on ESPN at 4 p.m. MT. The Trojans finished 26-8 last season and earned a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The other three games to open the Battle4Atlantis are Kansas vs. North Carolina State, Dayton vs Wisconsin and Tennessee vs. Butler.

Kansas was 34-6 last season and as a No. 1 seed won the NCAA title with a 72-69 win against North Carolina. North Carolina State was just 11-22 in the ACC; Dayton was 24-11 and advanced to the second round of the NIT; Wisconsin was 25-8, tied for the Big Ten regular-season title and earned a No. 3 NCAA seed; Tennessee was 27-8 and a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and Butler was 14-19 in the Big East.

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