“I am very proud of my ancestors, very proud of my ethnicity and all the things that come with that,” Hall said this week. “So it is an honor and a privilege to be here and to be playing this sport at this wonderful university.”
BYU is a private university owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The school began to play football in 1922 and did not have an African-American player until 1970. The church did not allow black men or women to enter temples or become priests until 1978.
Hall, whose father, Kalin, also played at BYU, is a member of the church, as are 99 percent of the students at BYU.
BYU is coached by Kilani Sitake, who is of Tongan descent.
“He’s extremely confident and I think he’s ready for this moment,” Sitake said of Hall. “I’m really excited for him — I know he’s excited. The players are responding to him well.”
Hall is also an outfielder on the baseball team.