In BYU football program filled with great QBs, Jaren Hall stands alone

The starting quarterback at Brigham Young University did something different than most weeks after the Cougars' 38-24 home win over former conference rival Wyoming.

Jaren Hall slid into his usual postgame press conference late, took a seat next to breakout running back Miles Davis,

and patiently waited his turn to answer questions from the media —

and occasionally ribbing the redshirt freshman ball carrier for not crossing the goal line on a particularly electric 70-yard run in the fourth quarter against the Cowboys.

But Hall — who is regularly prompt and thoughtful in his postgame responses,

even when he's called upon to address the media after a loss —

slipped in the back and waited his turn. His reason for being late?

He just wanted to spend more time with the fans. In the moments after throwing for 337 yards and four touchdowns in his third-straight game without an interception,

Hall made the full lap around the field at LaVell Edwards Stadium with his teammates and stopped for every fan that asked him for his time.

He was one of the last people to leave the playing surface, as captured by the team's Instagram account.

The former Maple Mountain High star signed every autograph, took every selfie,

and stayed for every fan who wanted a moment for more than 40 minutes after the game ended late on a Saturday night — really,

into Sunday morning — the game after he became the 20th BYU quarterback all-time to throw for more than 4,000 yards in his career.

BYU has had a lot of great quarterbacks, dating back to its days as "Quarterback U." in the 1980s to Hall's predecessor Zach Wilson,

the breakout Corner Canyon High star who set a program record as the No. 2 overall draft pick by the New York Jets in 2021.

But the school has only had one Jaren Hall.

The clear-cut top-3 QBs in 2023 class are CJ Stroud, Bryce Young and Will Levis. Tyler Van Dyke and Anthony Richardson are loaded with traits but have disappointed. Talking to NFL scouts, these QB’s are rising fast: BYU Jaren Hall, UT Hendon Hooker and Fresno St Jake Haener. https://twitter.com/McShay13/status/1574821038612955138?s=20&t=C1c957X9wLtHXJo24Lyorw

Jaren Hall has 612 passes/rushes at BYU (486/126). 7 giveaways (6 INTs, 1 fumble lost) 1 giveaway every 87 throws/rushes. This dude takes care of the ball. https://twitter.com/jaromjordan/status/1573927662179209216?s=20&t=fDozMDB07j040gsJaYUdnw

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