Robert Hall Q&A

Robert Hall was kind enough to sit down with me a few weeks ago for another in our summer question and answer series. In this, he talks about German French fries, the joy of math, and the toughest player to tackle in the ACC.

 AJC: A lot of the players I’ve talked to, when I’ve asked them for a player that really stood out in spring, they named you. So what does it feel like to be invincible out there on the football field?

 

RH: (laughs) I wouldn’t say invincible. I mean, I just feel like it’s my time. I waited my time. It’s time for me to step up to the plate. That’s it.

 

AJC: What did you learn from the guys before you?

RH: What did I learn? Play as an entire unit, and not just as an individual. I guess you wouldn’t say each one of them alone was really the greatest. But all together they made a great defense. Really liked that teamwork.

 

AJC: How does that work on the defensive line? You’re out on the end, you’re trying to focus on what’s ahead of you, but also, I don’t know if you are paying attention to what the other three guys are doing, or are you just trusting them?

RH: Has a lot to do with trust and assignment. In our defense you have to know what the other guys are doing on the line. If you have contain, and you lose your contain, you might hang somebody else out to dry. It’s very important to know where your teammates are and what they are doing.

 

AJC: Do you and the other linemen hang out off the field? What do y’all do?

RH: Most of all we do class. Go out to eat. Hang out in the rooms. Play video games.

 

AJC: Where’s y’all’s favorite place to go?

RH: The room. The room is the favorite. Play video games.

 

AJC: Who is the video game king, and what game is it?

RH: Everybody professes to be the king in (EA Sports) NCAA.

 

AJC: Which team do you play?

RH: It depends, Probably Florida because they are No. 1, so…

 

AJC: Have you played against Georgia Tech when you are Florida?

RH: No, but I have played the older versions that had Georgia Tech.

 

AJC: So, who do you think really stepped up in the spring practice.

RH: A lot of the younger guys. Maybe not one individual. Tev Washington worked hard and solidified his place. A lot of young guys broke out. Embry Peeples broke out. Anthony Allen had a big spring game. Overall, showed us a lot of depth, I feel like.

 

AJC: So what classes are you taking right now?

RH: Financial management, consulting, finite math.

 

AJC: What is finite math?

RH: Finite math deals with probabilities of accounting. Accounting stuff. A lot of real world stuff.

I like financial math because it helps you learn about money and how to invest it and deal with that.

 

AJC: A couple of questions I’ve asked all the guys. Y’all’ve got a tough beginning to the schedule, Jacksonville State, and then Clemson and Miami back-to-back with a short turn between Jacksonville State and Clemson. What is going to be the key to getting off to a good start this year?

RH: Key is right now us preparing and training. Our conditioning is pretty intense. That will help us transition for those games and those quick turnarounds.

 

AJC: In your experience from last year, who is the toughest defender to play against in the ACC?

RH: I would say the quarterback from Virginia Tech, Tyrod Taylor. Really shifty. 

 

AJC: You’ve talked about what you do outside of class, but what’s the most fun for you? What do you like to do most?

RH: I like to eat. I have been to many restaurants around here.

 

AJC: What’s your favorite restaurant?

RH: Most recently I like this spot called Ecco, off of Spring Street. It’s pretty good.

 

AJC: What kind of food?

RH: Everything from trout to french fries. Called pomme frites, because of German (origins).

 

AJC: Do any cooking?

RH: All the time.

 

AJC: What do you cook?

RH: Last night I made queso dip.

 

AJC: Which teams do you follow?

RH: Like the Falcons, of course. I used to be a big Hornets fans when they were in Charlotte. But that’s old school.

 

AJC: How much do you bench?

RH: My reps have been increasing. We max out last week. Might tip out over 400. My last max was 385.

 

AJC: Are you the strongest on the team?

RH: Nooo.

 

AJC: Who is strongest?

RH: Hard to say. A couple of guys. Pound for pound, Roddy Jones, Marcus Wright. I’d say Roddy, pound for pound.

 

AJC: What would surprise people to know about you?

RH: I was born in Germany, stayed there nine years.

 

AJC: Dad military?

RH: Army.

 

AJC: So you remember some German?

RH: I went to German school. Moved here in 96, didn’t get involved in football until eighth grade.

 

AJC: What got you out there?

RH: Coach was like ‘you’re big, so why don’t you play?’

 

AJC: Did you like it?

RH: I was kind of in a unique situation (at Hawkinsville). We had a lot of DI talent, kind of just trickled down. Lot of spotlight on the school. It helped me get where I want to go. It was a good situation. Two championships, three Dome appearances.

 

AJC: Anything to say to the Tech fans who read the blog?

RH: Thank you for your support. Spring game, biggest turnout we’ve seen since been here. Go Jackets.

 

 

 

 

168 comments Add your comment

Dave

July 1st, 2009
12:24 pm

I’ll get this out of the way for everyone so there can be some real discussion.

2 star, high school stadium, nerds, gt sux, high achool offense, fluke, bark bark…..

Did I cover it all?

Tom

July 1st, 2009
12:26 pm

I believe the folks who are expecting to see a big dropoff in DL play (with the departures of DRich, MJ and Vance) are going to be surprised.

pensacola dawg

July 1st, 2009
12:27 pm

Dave ask him how he has avoided getting mugged at nerdville?

MiltonDawg

July 1st, 2009
12:27 pm

very intense interview! good times had by all!!

Maddog

July 1st, 2009
12:29 pm

Sounds like a good kid.

Tom the GT Fan

July 1st, 2009
12:33 pm

I, for one, enjoyed the interview. And I agree with “Tom” that there will be far less drop-off on the D-line this year than most are expecting. Part of that may be due to the upgraded defensive backfield. Our D will once again shine even in the shadow of the Triple-Option.

jablonski

July 1st, 2009
12:35 pm

Yeah, brutal opening game against J-state…almost as tough as Gardner Webb…oops my bad.

stoopid

July 1st, 2009
12:37 pm

riveting stuff.

Mowreck

July 1st, 2009
12:37 pm

Anyone in this blog beside Tom a Ga Tech fan? Sounds like all dog fans to me. Wonder why so many in this blog … Could it be they are checking things out? … Maybe even worried about this coming Winter??

BLAZER

July 1st, 2009
12:53 pm

ONLY THE SCORES COUNT IN THE END. 45-42!

I THINK THE DEFENSE WILL BE EVEN BETTER-LOTS OF PEOPLE LETTERED LAST YEAR AND GOT SOME GOOD FRESHMEN COMING IN.

Phil McCrotch

July 1st, 2009
12:56 pm

50% comment from ga fans before this one. And you told us you didn’t care. Awhh…thanks.

Huh?

July 1st, 2009
12:56 pm

I think Doug should write blogs educating Tech fans about the fundamental basics of the game of college football. The fist blog could be about how its played in the Fall. Baby steps Doug. I feel for ya big guy. I really do.

gt_blume

July 1st, 2009
12:57 pm

Is someone who eats German Fries tougher then someone who eats French Fries? Do you dip them in mayo for that authentic european experience?

razerGT

July 1st, 2009
12:58 pm

Dave, you forgot “even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then”. Can’t tell ya how many times I’ve heard that one.

I’m pretty confident in our D-line for this year. They pounded Jaybo and Tevin during the spring game, forcing a bunch of fumbles, as opposed to last year where most of them were unforced.

K-Dogg

July 1st, 2009
1:09 pm

Who the hell is “Ted Washington”??? Pretty sure he said “Tev Washington”, as in Tevin Washington, the backup QB.

Tom

July 1st, 2009
1:12 pm

“fist blog”?

Freudian slip, there, Huh?

rainman

July 1st, 2009
1:16 pm

Robert — good to hear from you. I’m glad you know it’s your time and from all accounts you have really stepped it up. I think the team could actually be better this year at DE if you come through. I wish Doug had asked you some questions about the defensive tackles. Do you think T.J.Barnes will have a major impact? Have you had a chance to see the new kid, Lanier, in any drills?

Just A Fan

July 1st, 2009
1:18 pm

Great interview. Each one is getting better and better. Thanks Doug.

Don

July 1st, 2009
1:18 pm

Gardner Webb > UGA

GA Tech Insider

July 1st, 2009
1:18 pm

Dave et al;

It’s time to grow up and start acting like an adult; have adult conversations because we are on an adult topic. This isn’t kindergarten, where bullies start to throw toys and tantrums, begging for attention and trying to start fights.

If you want to visit and have a meaningful discussion about a young man who is obviously interested in his education as well as his athletics, then, by all means, join us. If not, take your sarcasm and and childish antics to the corner for your timeout, where you belong.

And before all of you GA Tech fans start to tee off; don’t. If you try to get into a wrestling match with a pig, you both get dirty and the pig likes it. Stay away from the arguments and insults, ignore him and his like, and let’s get back to the fine representation of a “scholar athlete” that Robert Hall has exhibited for the Jackets. He is one heck of a role model for any young man striving to make it to college and play at the next level, no matter where he chooses to play.

K-Dogg

July 1st, 2009
1:19 pm

The restaurant is called ECCO…dude, do some research!

K-Dogg

July 1st, 2009
1:24 pm

Pommes frites originated in Belgium, NOT Germany…

Jethro Tull

July 1st, 2009
1:25 pm

Any mutts taking Finite Math and Financial Management? No, didn’t think so.

Robert Hall is a RS Jr and a damn good DE with a mean streak who’s been waiting his turn behind Michael Johnson and Adamm Oliver. He’s going to have a great year, just hide and watch.

Volman

July 1st, 2009
1:30 pm

“Huh?”—- Calling Doug “big guy” really seems to me like you all have a little extra going on behind the scenes. I mean, you ARE a UGA fan.

45-42.

K-Dogg

July 1st, 2009
1:30 pm

I loved this exchange…made me want to pull a Bill Engvall:

AJC: What would surprise people to know about you?
RH: I was born in Germany, stayed there nine years.

AJC: Dad military?
RH: No, I’m German. Can’t you tell? Just look at my blonde hair and blue eyes and black socks…HERE’S YOUR SIGN!!!

Doug Roberson

July 1st, 2009
1:32 pm

thanks for the correction on Ecco. That’s now fixed.

And, it’s really so bad to confirm that the parents were in the military to explain why they lived in Germany? World’s getting smaller dude.

K-Dogg

July 1st, 2009
1:36 pm

I’m just messing with ya! ;)

m

July 1st, 2009
1:38 pm

TECH SUCKS!!!

K-Dogg

July 1st, 2009
1:38 pm

BTW, I liked the Hall interview. How many more do you have in the hopper? Would love to see interviews with Morgan Burnett and Jonathan Dwyer.

m

July 1st, 2009
1:40 pm

Terrorist U! Make us proud!!!

m

July 1st, 2009
1:43 pm

lol just joking, but not really!

K-Dogg

July 1st, 2009
1:44 pm

Doug, any way you can remove those types of offensive posts? I could care less about the “Tech Sucks” comment, but the other one is unnecessary. Give me a break!

mcdawg

July 1st, 2009
1:45 pm

the ROOM?? the tickle room???

K-Dogg

July 1st, 2009
1:47 pm

Here we go again…either class just let out, or it’s quittin’ time at the 711. Go away mutt! Don’t you have a floor to sweep or a toilet to scrub?

m

July 1st, 2009
1:50 pm

I am sorry if the last post offended anyone!! That was not my intention. I was pointing out to tech fans that talk trash about our players that get arrested that Tech is no better, probably even worse!!!

K-Dogg

July 1st, 2009
1:54 pm

I don’t have a problem with your players (or your coach)…it’s your fans that generally seem to be the problem.

K-Dogg

July 1st, 2009
2:01 pm

BTW – the person who was arrested for being a terrorist was hardly a student, let along a player on the football team. Get your facts straight. I can only think of one GT player who has ever been arrested while with the team, and that was Reuben Houston. How many has UGAg had? At least 5 or 6 every offseason, right?

The Dude

July 1st, 2009
2:04 pm

If I’ve said it once, this will at least be the second… The defense will probably be better this year, despite the loss of three NFL-caliber defensive linemen.

I think GT Insider is onto something…

The Dude

July 1st, 2009
2:06 pm

K-Dogg, nip it in the bud, dude. This blog is about an interview with Robert Hall.

Jaded Jacket

July 1st, 2009
2:07 pm

I wonder if UGA fans read the GT blogs because they are actually Jacket fans in the closet. Why else would they read the GT blog? Perhaps they are nervous. I suppose it’s best to expect a beatdown at the end of the year by keeping tabs on your enemy rather than being surprised.

Mr. Phoenix

July 1st, 2009
2:07 pm

Hey Huh,since your the genius of college football, maybe you can explain the reason UGA got beat by the same old high school offense that Florida and Georgia Tech run.
BTW /seperated at birth, slobbering Barney Frank and UGGA V1. Thats funny I don’t care who you are.
Gonna love to see Mr Hall get his time this year.

Hayseed Dixie

July 1st, 2009
2:11 pm

Love the interviews Doug, keep ‘em coming.

Anybody who went to the spring game care to comment on this year’s D-line vs. last years?

K-Dogg

July 1st, 2009
2:22 pm

2009 GT Fantasy Starting Lineup on the D-Line:

DE Derrick Morgan (Chris Crenshaw, Albert Rocker, Emmanuel Dieke)
DT Jason Peters (Ben Anderson, Logan Walls)
DT T.J. Barnes (Jason Hill, J.C. Lanier)
DE Robert Hall (Anthony Egbuniwe, Osahon Tongo, Euclid Cummings, Izaan Cross)

K-Dogg

July 1st, 2009
2:23 pm

I think this year’s D-Line will be deeper than last year’s…I imagine we’ll see a lot of rotation, and a lot of fresh bodies into the 3rd and 4th quarter of games.

Saint Simons

July 1st, 2009
2:23 pm

RUB RUB RUB IN YOUR FACE!!!!!!!!! 45-42!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahaha

tech

July 1st, 2009
2:27 pm

I’m still worried about the D-line, especially the depth. If one guys gets hurt it’s going to be ugly. That’s one reason why I think we will have the same record this year as last year, even though our offense will be much better.

tech

July 1st, 2009
2:29 pm

K-Dogg, it will be deep as in we’ll have plenty of warm bodies, but the depth is inexperienced and young. I love Hall, Morgan, Anderson, and Peters, but outside that of that, nobody has gotten significant minutes.

yellow fuzz

July 1st, 2009
2:34 pm

Deep down, I mean way down deep where people don’t like to talk about, EVERY dawg fan here wishes he were a Tech fan.

Simon Says

July 1st, 2009
2:37 pm

The Dawgs and the Yellow Jackets have to date met 95 times on the football field, with the Bulldogs leading the 107-year-old series, 53-36-5. In 2002, Georgia hosted Georgia Tech and boasted its largest margin of victory in the series, 44 points. During the rivalry, Georgia has compiled a winning record in 8 of the 11 decades, including the past four decades.

GT Student

July 1st, 2009
2:40 pm

I find it fascinating that UGA fans post here. I don’t even read the UGA blog or visit the UGA part of AJC. Why would they even care to read this?

Good interview btw Doug!