Former Boise State star Korey Hall leaves Packers, signs with Saints

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2011 Idaho Statesman

Former Boise State and Glenns Ferry High star Korey Hall is moving from one Super Bowl champion to another.

Hall on Friday signed with the New Orleans Saints, who won the Super Bowl at the end of the 2009 season. He leaves the Green Bay Packers, where Hall earned a Super Bowl ring at the end of the 2010 season.

Hall, who was a three-time All-WAC linebacker at Boise State, spent the past four seasons as a fullback and special-teamer for the Packers. He was a sixth-round pick in 2007.

The Saints’ veteran fullback, Heath Evans, isn’t expected to return, Hall said.

“The fullback is a pretty big part of their offense and in a lot of pass plays,” Hall said of the Saints. “They get him the ball quite a bit. Overall, it will be a real fun place.”

Hall agreed to terms with the Saints earlier this week but signings weren’t official until 4 p.m. Friday. The Saints needed a quick decision, he said, and the Packers’ interest was dependent on what happened with another free-agent fullback, John Kuhn.

“We just couldn’t wait around too long,” Hall said. “When we talked to New Orleans, they had to fill the position and we didn’t want to miss out. … They were one of the first (teams) to send us an offer.”

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Here's what the Saints have on Hall's NFL career:

The 6-0, 236-pound Hall was converted from linebacker to fullback upon joining the Green Bay Packers as a sixth-round draft pick in 2007 out of Boise State and has appeared in 48 games with 26 starts. He’s recorded 21 receptions for 137 yards with one TD during his career, while serving as the blocking back for a Packers offensive attack that joined the Saints as the only two clubs to finish in the top 10 in offense for the past four seasons. Hall’s also posted 52 career special teams tackles, including leading the Super Bowl XLV Champions with a career-best 15 stops on coverage units in 2010.

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At least 19 former Boise State football players are expected to be on NFL rosters during training camp. Here’s an update on their locations:

2011 draft picks (all signed):
WR Titus Young: Lions
CB Brandyn Thompson: Redskins
WR Austin Pettis: Rams

2011 undrafted free agents:
S Jeron Johnson: Seahawks
QB Mike Coughlin: Buccaneers
TE Ryan Winterswyk: Falcons
TE Tommy Gallarda: Jaguars
S Winston Venable: Bears

NFL free agents:
S Quintin Mikell: Rams
OG Daryn Colledge: Cardinals
FB Korey Hall: Saints
FB Richie Brockel: Panthers
S Gerald Alexander: TBA
WR Legedu Naanee: TBA
CB Chris Carr: TBA

Under past contracts:
CB Kyle Wilson: Jets
CB Orlando Scandrick: Cowboys
OT Ryan Clady: Broncos
RB Ian Johnson: Lions

Not bad...

for a team that is supposed to have inferior talent to the big boys in the BCS. 8 guys this year alone. There is a chance we could add up to three more as well (Jeremy Avery, Will Lawrence, and Jarvis Hodge). Next year's team should have at least 8 guys as well. Go Broncos!

Good for Koey

and the rest of the guys.
Would like a couple on my Steelers.

Congratulations and good luck

to Korey for a successful year with the Saints. The fact that it didn't take long for him to get the deal done shows that the Saints wanted him in a big way. Also, this means that Korey will already be in town when Boise State comes to the Big Easy in January 012'! It will be great to see him on our sideline.

As long as he's not on food stamps, it's good.

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Too literal? I'm sorry you feel I have a Literal Agenda!

Not to worry

His Granddad says Kory is doing fine, no food stamps in his future unless you count duck stamps.