Hall to make history as BYU’s first black starting QB

Field Level Media

October 09, 2019 at 9:30 pm.

Jaren Hall’s first career start for BYU will be historic as he will become the school’s first African-American starting quarterback when he takes the field against South Florida on Saturday.

Hall, a redshirt freshman, was elevated to the role of starter when sophomore Zach Wilson underwent surgery on his passing thumb. Wilson will miss at least six weeks.

Hall was the first African-American quarterback to take a snap for the school last season. Now he is taking a step into the spotlight with his promotion at the Mormon-affiliated university.

“It’s an honor to be here and a privilege to be playing at this wonderful university,” Hall told reporters. “BYU is a very special school and there’s individuals from different lifestyles who play into why it’s so special.”

Hall is well versed in the school’s history as his father, Kalin, played running back at the school in 1992-93. He posted five 100-yard rushing games and scored 16 total touchdowns (14 rushing, two receiving) in two seasons.

Cougars coach Kalani Sitake downplayed the significance of Hall’s first career start.

“I think it’s awesome that you’re seeing so many different types of quarterbacks whether it’s backgrounds or race or whatever is involved, I just like that the game of football as you’ve seen,” Sitake told reporters. “It’s been 150 years now and we’ve seen a lot of cool things happen. We have Polynesians playing quarterback too and a lot of crazy things are happening now.

“… I’m glad that Jaren was able to get this start and that he’s excited for it. He’s a legacy kid, his dad spilled his blood and sweat on that field as well. I think it’s a cool connection that he can have.”

Hall is 4-of-7 passing for 58 yards this season. He didn’t throw a pass last season.