BYU quarterback Jaren Hall returned against Boise State last Saturday and threw for 302 yards and a touchdown after missing the previous two games with a rib injury. But while his passing game was efficient, he rushed for negative-3 yards — the first time this season that Hall didn’t make a positive impact in the run game.
BYU as a whole didn’t run well against the Broncos, who handed the Cougars their first loss, 26-17.
Was Hall limited by the Boise defense, or by trying to protect his injury as much as possible? That much is unclear. But heading into this Saturday’s road game against future Big 12 opponent Baylor, neither Hall nor the Cougars will have to play it safe.
BYU offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick said Wednesday that Hall has fully healed from his injury.
“Jaren’s completely healthy now, ready to roll,” Roderick said.
Hall rushed for a total of 166 yards in the three games he played before suffering the rib injury. Even after Saturday’s performance, he’s still averaging 7.4 yards per carry when he does run the ball.
With Hall at full strength, BYU expects he’ll be the dual threat the Cougars have had and relied upon this season.