26 Days to Miami Football: Gurvan Hall Miami’s leading returning tackler

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Gurvan Hall had an outstanding sophomore season finishing second on the Miami football team and leading the returning players in tackles.

Junior Gurvan Hall leads a deep group of safeties for the Miami football team. Hall, Junior Bubba Bolden and Senior Amari Carter provide Miami with a lot of talent and depth at safety. As a sophomore in 2019, Hall had 66 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, three pass breakups and a fumble recovery.

Hall enters the 2020 season one of the leaders of the Miami defense. The loss of defensive end Greg Rousseau who opted out of the 2020 season leaves the Hurricanes with roughly three returning starters on defense depending on how that is measured. Hall is likely to be part of a three-man rotation at safety.

Expect Bolden, Carter and Hall to all see time at safety. With those three in the secondary last season, Miami finished 18th in pass defense allowing 195.2 yards per game. The Hurricanes were 28th allowing 6.7 yards per attempt and 29th in passer rating at 119.78. There is room for growth. Hall gained valuable experience in 2020.

Hall started 11 of the 13 Miami football games as a sophomore in 2019 after playing in 12 of the Hurricanes 13 games as a freshman in 2018. The loss of Rousseau might lead to Manny Diaz using Hall more often as a blitzer. Hall blitzed 40 times in 2019 resulting in 11 quarterback pressures.

At 6’0 194 is smaller than Carter who is 6’2, 200 pounds and Bolden who is 6’3 200. All three bring different strengths to the Miami secondary. Hall has a knack for the football as his 66 tackles showed last season. Diaz has built his defense for safeties to make plays. Safety Jaquan Johnson led Miami in tackles in 2017 and 2018.

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Hall, Bolden and Carter will also mentor the four Hurricanes signees at safety in 2020. Carter is in the last year of his eligibility and Bolden and Hall have the option of entering the 2021 NFL Draft. Whether or not Bolden and Hall return for their 2021 senior seasons, Miami is set at safety for at least the next four years.