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BY TAFT COGHILL JR.
Vic Hall was one of the top-rated quarterbacks in the country coming out of Gretna High School in 2004.
Now quarterback is one of the few things Hall won't be doing for the University of Virginia football team this upcoming season.
The sophomore will start at the cornerback position that was vacated when three-year starter Marcus Hamilton exhausted his eligibility.
He'll also participate on six of the team's seven special teams units, excluding kickoff returns. Cavaliers head coach Al Groh said Hall has both the talent and the temperament to handle so many jobs.
"It's like we put him on one of those old-time store scales, where they keep putting another rock on Vic's scale," Groh said. "It just keeps getting heavier and heavier and heavier. He likes it. The more the merrier."
Groh said coaches are wary of overworking the cornerback, but Hall contends that he's capable of handling a full plate.
Groh said what makes Hall so special is his balance of confidence and humility. He said Hall never acts like he has all the answers even though he's blessed with tremendous athleticism.
"All the good things that happen with Vic Hall, it's just Vic being Vic," Groh said. "He's got a special quality that's much easier to see than it is to define. He's really able to tune into things that need to be done."
Hall is the lone new starter on Virginia's defensive unit that was ranked No. 17 in the country in total yards allowed last season.
He and Mike Brown were engaged in a very competitive battle for the starting cornerback job in spring practice.
However, the decision was made for the Cavaliers' coaching staff when Brown suffered a torn ACL earlier this summer.
Groh said having the job to himself hasn't dulled Hall's edge.
"Vic is going after it on his own," he said. "Champ Bailey could be over there and it wouldn't make any difference to Vic."
Hall, who stands 5-foot-9 and weighs 181 pounds, was a three-time all-Group A quarterback at Gretna. He set Virginia High School League all-time records in passing yards (8, 731) and touchdowns (104).
But despite that type of success under center, Hall said he's comfortable knowing he'll probably never play quarterback for the Cavaliers.