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Khenon Hall named RBs coach

Postby PonyPride » Wed Dec 08, 2021 3:34 pm

From SMUMustangs.com:

Hall Joins SMU Football Coaching Staff

DALLAS (SMU) - South Oak Cliff High School graduate Khenon Hall is joining the SMU football staff as an assistant coach, Head Coach Rhett Lashlee announced today. Hall comes to the Hilltop after spending the 2021 season at Texas Southern, where he served as the team's running backs coach.

Hall went to TSU after a seven-year stint at his alma mater, Illinois State. At ISU, Hall worked his way up the ladder serving as a student assistant, football operations director, defensive assistant, running backs coach, recruiting coordinator and ultimately assistant head coach in charge of player personnel.

In his first year at ISU as the team's defensive assistant in 2014, Hall made an immediate impact as Dontae McCoy earned All-MVFC Honorable Mention honors. McCoy recorded 67 tackles and broke up four passes. Hall also helped Alec Kocour earn MVFC Honorable Mention honors, despite playing in just nine games due to an injury. He also mentored and developed Davontae Harris, who finished his career with 208 tackles (152 solo stops), 38 passes defended (tied for 5th all-time at ISU), 10 tackles for loss, four interceptions and three sacks in 49 games played for the Redbirds. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Hall also had a hand in the development of Luther Kirk, who was named the Defensive MVP at the 95th East-West Shrine Bowl. Kirk was also named an AFCA FCS Coaches' and HERO Sports FCS All-America First Teamer while also earning STATS FCS All-America Second Team and Associated Press FCS All-America Third Team honors while serving as team captain.

Hall eventually moved over to the offensive side of the ball and spent three years as the team's running backs coach. Once again, Hall's presence generated another quick impact as running back James Robinson had his first 1,000-yard season and tied for second in the MVFC with 12 rushing touchdowns. As a result of his efforts on the field, Robinson was named a STATS FCS Walter Payton Award finalist and an All-American from multiple agencies. One year later, Hall helped Robinson move to another level as a consensus first-team All-American, a STATS FCS Walter Payton Award finalist for the second time and an All-MVFC First-Team selection for the third-straight season. Robinson led the MVFC in rushing yards (1,899), yards per game (126.6) and touchdowns (18) and recorded eight 100-plus yard rushing efforts, including a pair of 200-plus yard efforts in the first and second round of the FCS playoffs that included a school-record breaking 297-yard effort in the first-round with at Southeast Missouri. He finished the season ranked No. 2 in the FCS in rushing yards and yards per game and sixth in rushing touchdowns. One year later, Robinson took what he learned from Hall and broke an NFL record for most yards by an undrafted rookie in a Week 1 game as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Robinson finished his rookie campaign with 1,000-plus yards and 10 total touchdowns.

Off the field, Hall also had a major impact serving as the team's recruiting coordinator and director of player personnel. Hall's 2020 recruiting class ranked No. 8 in the FCS by HERO Sports.

Prior to joining Illinois State on a full-time basis, Hall served as a graduate assistant at New Mexico working with defensive backs during the 2011-12 season. Hall spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons as a student assistant at Illinois State and assisted with the Redbirds' secondary and defensive line.

Hall's collegiate playing career began at Trinity Valley Community College after a solid high school career at South Oak Cliff in Dallas. Hall ranked second on the team in 2007 with 70 tackles, including a team-high 66 solo stops, in eight games of action. In addition, he added four tackles-for-loss and a quarterback sack and was named to the 2006 All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference Honorable Mention team. He signed with Illinois State in 2008 and would start six games before a career-ending injury led him to coaching.

Hall graduated from Illinois State in 2010 with a degree in University Studies. He has three children: Jazlyn, Khenon Jr., and Khaydon.
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Re: Khenon Hall named RBs coach

Postby indianmustang » Thu Dec 09, 2021 2:28 pm

Lot of high school coaches retweeting about him
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Re: Khenon Hall named RBs coach

Postby Ikus » Sat Dec 11, 2021 2:06 am

Hope they stay sending him players
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