Thursday, August 18, 2016

Northside's Chance Hall Out at UT with Knee Surgery

Chance Hall out indefinitely with knee injury.
The University of Tennessee's promising sophomore football offensive tackle Chance Hall of Northside High School in Roanoke has been pushed to the sideline by arthroscopic knee surgery. He is expected to be on the sideline for 4-6 weeks.

He sat out his senior season of high school with a torn Achilles tendon, but had healed sufficiently to be considered one of the best players at UT in a deep and important position. He missed spring practice with an injured shoulder that required surgery, but seemed to be in good condition as pre-season camp began two weeks ago.

Hall, who was pressed into duty last year as a three-star-rated freshman (ranked the No. 676 overall prospect in the 2015 class, the 75th-best offensive tackle in the country and the 23rd-best football payer in Virginia) played 10 games (starting seven), acquitting himself so well that he was named to the freshman All-America team.

He was in a battle for the starting right tackle position in fall camp at UT, a camp that ended yesterday. Hall is 6-foot-4, 318 pounds and his surgery this morning was termed "successful." It was not an ACL injury, one of the most common in contact sports.

Tennessee and Virginia Tech play at Bristol in three weeks in a game that should easily break the single game attendance record for a college football game. Its 150,000-plus seats have been sold out for some time.

(Photo: Knoxville News Sentinel)

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