78. Justin Hall led MAC, all freshmen in receptions

While Ball State’s football team didn’t have a lot of things go right last year, seeing Justin Hall emerge as one of the best young receivers in the country was a good glimmer of hope. Hall didn’t even enroll early, but he got some early playing time nonetheless, and it wasn’t because of injuries at the top of the depth chart.

Hall was also one of the lucky ones who didn’t have to miss playing time with an injury, which was basically the motif of Ball State’s 2017. He played in every game, made 10 starts and got the ball a lot. So much so that Hall wound up being the Mid-American Conference’s leader in total receptions with 78, which was also the most among all freshmen in the nation.

Here’s how Hall stacked up against other freshman receivers in the country. Hall had the most catches out of this group (and it wasn’t even close) as well as fourth in receiving yards at 801:

Team Receptions Yards Avg. TD Rec./Game
Justin Hall Ball State 78 801 10.3 3 6.5
McLane Mannix Nevada 57 778 13.7 6 4.8
Tyler Vaughns USC 57 809 14.2 5 4.1
Willie Wright FAU 56 657 11.7 6 4.3
JD Spielman Nebraska 55 830 15.1 2 5

And here’s how Hall stacked up against [returning] receivers out of the MAC last year with last season’s stats:

Team Receptions Yards Avg. TD Rec./Game
Justin Hall Ball State 78 801 10.3 3 6.5
Anthony Johnson Buffalo 76 1356 17.8 14 6.3
Diontae Johnson Toledo 74 1278 17.7 13 5.3
Scott Miller BGSU 63 722 11.5 4 5.3
Jonathan Ward (RB) CMU 48 470 9.8 3 3.7
James Gardner Miami-OH 47 927 19.7 11 3.9
Spencer Tears NIU 43 528 12.3 4 3.3
Jon’Vea Johnson Toledo 42 689 16.4 5 3
D.J. Brown NIU 42 365 8.7 3 3.2
Justin Rankin Kent State 42 311 7.4 2 3.5

 

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