BYU Cougars quarterback Jaren Hall’s busy offseason training schedule
Now in his fifth year, Hall is seeking advice from a number of coaches and trainers
Provo • Almost every day this offseason, Jaren Hall will call or text offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick with three basic pieces of information: where he is, who he’s working with and what he’s been working on.
Those answers can change from day to day for BYU’s fifth-year quarterback. Sometimes he works in California with quarterback guru John Beck. Other days he is back in Provo to train with his teammates. And then there’s the occasional day off he spends pitching with Dustin Smith, a former baseball player turned quarterback coach.
That’s a long list of options for a 24-year-old still in college, but it’s a necessary effort for a player accused of leading BYU’s offense in 2022.
Because for BYU this season, the program will undoubtedly play out like Hall. Thus, this offseason requires more unorthodox, sometimes aggressive methods.
“I guess I’m pretty busy,” Hall said. “…I am [trying] use whatever I can of anyone who has something great to offer me. I just think it’s important to take a little bit here and there and find what works best for me.
It’s not like Hall hasn’t worked with coaches in the past. But that timeline is ambitious even by most standards.
He plans to train with Beck a dozen times over the summer. Often that means flying to California or Beck coming to Provo. Smith is local to the Utah area, but has a coaching staff that includes former BYU quarterbacks like Ty Detmer and Max Hall.
And none of that is to mention the many player-led workouts Hall supports during the week.
“I totally agree,” said Roderick, BYU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. “The NCAA limits the time we can spend with our players. There are big parts of the year where I can’t go out on the pitch with our players. So if he’s going to work with someone else to get better, that’s fine with me.
Each coach’s goal has been slightly different. But the general theme has been the same – learning to lose balance or adapt quickly in and out of the pocket.
After spring camp, Hall went back to the drawing board, watching movies of different NFL players. The focus was on Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his ability to throw at any point in the progression. It’s also about throwing different arm angles.
Hall also reviewed Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen and Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady. Brady was more of a lesson in controlling your movements. Allen was an example of how to feel in control when a game crashed.
“I’m not necessarily trying to see how I can model my game after their game,” Hall said. “But I want to see what they do well and in what situations they do it well. So more workshop discussion ideas like ‘Why are they doing this?’ I’m just trying to get into their spirit.
Beck in particular has become known for improving a quarterback’s ability to regain balance and throw quickly. He has worked with several mobile quarterbacks over the past few years.
Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys worked with Beck. Most recently, former BYU quarterback Zach Wilson was under his tutelage. Beck briefly held a position with the New York Jets to help Wilson once he was drafted. Hall met him through his father, Kalin, and decided to make him his coach.
“We try to take the skill set that we see and see how we can refine it,” Beck said at BYU media day. “How can we teach [him] so that he can go there and learn.
As for Smith, Hall found him through a family friend. Hall began helping Smith with different camps throughout the summer. Then the two started throwing.
Eventually, it made sense to add him as a coach as well. Smith runs a company called Quarterback Elite, which includes former NFL great Kurt Warner as a coach.
“[And through this] we talk to [Roderick] and our other quarterback coaches and analysts,” Hall said. “It’s good to keep up to date with them.”
Of course, there’s the school of thought that so many voices and so many workouts could be detrimental to growth. But Hall is older and has finally matured in his game. Being crippled by the entrance is less of a concern for him. He thinks he can mainly filter what he wants to use and what he doesn’t.
This season, Hall arrives as BYU’s undisputed starting quarterback. He is also a projected NFL draft pick.
And his off-season regime shows a more mature approach, a first step in taking charge of this 2022 season.
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