Former Eagle River football star helps team to bowl game win

2014 ERHS grad has five tackles as Vandals down CSU
Sunday, January 1, 2017 - 15:36
  • Ed Hall runs for a gain against Service during a high school football game in 2011. Hall, 20, is expected to start in the Idaho Potato Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, when his Idaho Vandals take on Colorado State. (Star file photo)

(Updated Jan. 1, 2017)

Ed Hall, a 2014 Eagle River High graduate, helped Idaho to its third bowl win in program history when the Vandals beat Colorado State 61-50 on Dec. 22 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho.

A redshirt sophomore, Hall started at linebacker and finished third on his team with five solo tackles.

Hall, 20, started his career as a non-scholarship walk-on to the Moscow, Idaho university after completing a standout high school career on Yosemite Drive. The 6-foot, 212-pound Hall eventually earned a scholarship and shot up the depth chart. Last season, he played in all 12 games for Idaho and finished with 30 total tackles. He moved into the starting lineup this season and entered the bowl game fourth on the team with 65 tackles. Hall’s best game this season was a 14-tackle performance in a 33-30 overtime win over UNLV in September.

Idaho’s win gave the team a 9-4 record, the most wins for the program since 1998.

Hall is the son of Carey and Lorine Hall of Chugiak. He was a star for the Wolves during his four years at Eagle River, starting at both linebacker and running back. As a senior, he was a first-team All-Cook Inlet Conference and second-team All-State performer who was named MVP of the annual Shrine Game, an all-star game for high school seniors.

An uncommonly versatile athlete, Hall also throws discus for Idaho’s track team. In 2014, he won both the shot put and discus at the ASAA Alaska State Track and Field Championships. He won an Anchorage city middle wrestling title while at Gruening Middle School and placed third in the state high school wrestling tournament at 195 pounds in his senior year for the Wolves.

He’s also a stellar student who graduated from Eagle River with a 3.8 GPA and studies mechanical engineering in Moscow.

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