"ASU was a great place. Great football program,” Hall said. "But I wanted to represent my faith the best I could.”
So after redshirting his freshman season, Hall dropped out of ASU and went on a Mormon mission in Des Moines, Iowa. A year later, he enrolled at BYU and joined the Cougar football team.
"BYU is different than any institution in the world,” Hall said. "Here, I get to speak at firesides, be an example and a role model. This place has given me more.”
On the field, Hall has returned the favor.
In two seasons, he has thrown for 61 touchdowns and 7,805 yards. After a hot start to last season, Hall was even considered a Heisman candidate.
But for BYU to have a chance against OU, Hall will have to play better than he has in past big games, something that also plagued White, who despite being 62-30 as a starter could never get the Cowboys to the Super Bowl.
Last season against TCU and Utah, BYU’s only two ranked opponents, Hall committed 10 turnovers and threw no touchdowns, the main reason he fell out of the Heisman race.
"In those games, I wanted to win so bad,” Hall said. "I think I tried to put the whole game on my shoulders, which caused me to make mistakes. I’ve learned that I have a great team around me and I can trust those guys to do their jobs.
"I don’t need to try and take over the game for us to win.”