Troy’s defense is one of the best in the country across the board and is one of the most improved over the past three seasons. After inheriting a unit that started 22 different players during the 2019 season, Hall’s defense ranks first in the country in tackles for loss and sacks, while ranking in the top 20 in total, rush and yards per play, and the Trojans are fifth in takeaways. Troy ranked in the 100s in scoring defense, yards per play, passing and total defense just two years ago.
Hall joined Troy’s staff coming off a four-year stint as the co-defensive coordinator at Jacksonville State where he also coached the Gamecocks’ safeties. In his four seasons at JSU, the Gamecocks rolled off a perfect 31-0 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play, won four conference titles and posted a 43-8 overall record.Jacksonville State’s defense ranked in the top 20 nationally in each of Hall’s four seasons, including a pair of top-five units his last two seasons with the program. In 2017, Jacksonville State finished second nationally allowing just 239.6 yards per game and first allowing 3.84 yards per play, while in 2016 Jacksonville State ranked fourth nationally allowing 274.9 yards per game.
Troy has returned three interceptions for a touchdown, forced 20 turnovers with 14 interceptions. 21.8 PPG, 317.0 total defense, 114.7 rush yards per game allowed, 35 percent on third down. Troy ranks first nationally forcing a negative play on 16.75 percent of opponent snaps, next closest team is at 15.32 percent — Troy is first in sack, TFL and Interception percentage