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June 7, 2014

Hall ready to take over W. Georgia program

MACON — A first-time coach at the Peach State Pigskin Preview, West Georgia's Will Hall was just as excited about attending the preview as he was about taking over the Wolves’ football program.

“I’m excited about being here,” Hall said Tuesday at the media event at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. “It’s a place that has a ton of potential. They’ve done a great job building a foundation. Our facilities are second to none and we’ve got a great campus and a great college town. The previous staff laid a good foundation and we have had great academic success in the past and I hope to continue that.”

The Wolves hired Hall in November to take over the team after then-head coach and athletic director Daryl Dickey stepped down from his coaching position to focus on being the school’s athletic director.

Hall is a two-time GSC Coach of the Year and led his former team, the West Alabama Tigers, to back-to-back GSC titles in just three seasons as the coach. Hall is looking forward to bringing his offensive and defensive philosophies to the Wolves.

“It’s a winning program,” he said. “Last season they went 6-5 and were very competitive against the top tier teams in the conference.

“We’re excited to get there to put our program into place. It’s a grind everyday but we think the ceiling is very high for the program and we expect to eventually become a legitimate contender.”

The offense will be expected to be explosive, something that was the norm in Livingston, Ala. The key to Hall’s offense, as in most, is good quarterback play.

“We will bring our West Alabama scheme to West Georgia,” Hall said. “Sam Grey, the offensive coordinator that was under me at West Alabama, is at UWG with me and we’ve been working together for 10 years.

“We will build the offense around our quarterbacks strengths and what they can do. We like to run the ball and like to be explosive.”

On defense, Hall will be bringing a multiple front defense, helping his new team keep up with the dangerous arial attacks of other teams in the GSC, including the Valdosta State Blazers and North Alabama Lions.

“On defense, we will be a 4-2-5,” he said. “We will have multiple ways to attack. As far as my philosophy, not much will be changing, but these will be considerable changes for the Wolves.”

New additions on the defense will be key to putting his new philosophy in effect.

“In the secondary we have a few players coming back that played a lot last season,” Hall said. “Carlos Hutson and Marcus Sales will contribute again this season. We signed a lot of defensive talent and our competition and talent level back there improved a lot. We can’t wait to get them all here this summer and through camp to compete to see who will be the starters.”

While Hall’s first recruiting class did not include any signees from Lowndes County, he knows that south Georgia is a prime place to scout talent in the future.

“The whole state is a football crazy state,” he said. “There are a lot of great players throughout the state. Obviously, south Georgia has a ton of those. While we do not have any players coming from the Valdosta area this season, we will always have our eye out on that area.”

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