Players Club: What is Jaren Hall grateful for this year?


PROVO, Utah – BYU has one final game this year as it travels to Los Angeles to take on a distraught USC team with an interim coach.

The goal is to have a double-digit winning season in consecutive years and maybe just a New Years Six Bowl chance if things go like the Cougars.

BYU quarterback Jaren Hall joined UnRivaled as he does every week to chat a bit about the downhill in Los Angeles and preparing for the regular season finale.

However, his conversation turned more to the Thanksgiving season and what he’s grateful for. Having a tight locker room helps them get victories and that’s one of the reasons the Cougars are at 9-2.

“I’m grateful that I was able to stay healthy, for the most part. My teammates who were able to be in good health and for those who take care of our wounded. I am grateful for the closeness of our team throughout the year, ”said Hall. “It’s always interesting to see the dynamic when you lose a big wave of guys and new guys fill their places and you find that chemistry. Plus, sharing that success on the pitch.

A locker room can be a tricky place to navigate and with BYU having so much in revenue from last year, this was a whole new group in a way. This piece is a lot of fun.

“We have a good balance but it’s more fun. In a locker room there’s not much to take seriously, ”said Hall. “When you cross the lines in the movie theater, that’s where it gets serious, but when we’re in the locker room, we’re ourselves. We’re young and we shout at each other at ping-pong or bard shuffle, it’s a good time with lots of laughs.

Having a good time in the locker room has to make it easier to have a fun season and to get up close and personal which helps once these guys fight on the pitch.

First Look at USC, Jaxson Dart

BYU is making its first trip to USC since 2003, and it’s not your typical Trojan horse team. They have an interim coach and have changed quarterbacks this year and currently it will be former Corner Canyon quarterback Jaxson Dart who will start against a team that has heavily recruited him.

Hall gives his assessment of what he sees in freshman Dart who he spent time with last summer working with former BYU quarterback John Beck.

“I know I had a rotation balancing the guys inside and out. What I saw was how confident he is to throw the ball. That’s what he did in Corner Canyon when I watched him in high school. I had the chance to train with him a few times in California with John.

“I had the chance to see him train up close and personally. The way he throws the ball, he has great mechanics and it looks so easy there. It’s funny to see him throw the ball over there…. and excited to see him play if he gets the green light this week.

As for the game itself, Hall is pretty cliché saying that BYU needs to kick off the ground game with Tyler Allgeier leading the ball, not returning the ball, and converting into the red zone.

The BYU Finals are at USC with the kick-off starting at 8:30 p.m. and you can stream the game on KSL Newsradio.

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