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Vanderbilt's Andre Hal handles Ole Miss' Donte Moncrief


One of the top cornerback prospects in the Southeastern Conference, Vanderbilt's Andre Hal, put an impressive performance on tape for NFL scouts Thursday night in a head-to-head matchup with Ole Miss star receiver Donte Moncrief.

Hal, a senior, broke up three passes on the night and did a nice job of limiting one of the nation's most talented receivers to five catches for just 56 yards. And he did it despite a serious size discrepancy: Moncrief is 6-3, 226 pounds, while Hal lists at just 6-0, 186. Hal didn't defend Moncrief on every down, but certainly drew the assignment on most of them.

A few key notes on the matchup:

» Moncrief made his first catch not on Hal, but on Vandy's other cornerback, Steven Clarke.

» Hal frustrated Moncrief on a first-quarter incompletion with some downfield contact, but no call was made.

» On his second catch, a screen pass to the right, Moncrief was stuffed by Hal for no gain.

» On Moncrief's only explosive play of the night, a deep pass for a 39-yard reception early in the third quarter, Hal had short zone responsibility and released Moncrief to safety Kenny Ladler, who was late in picking up Moncrief downfield.

» Late in the third quarter, Moncrief ran a deep post route and drew a pass-interference call on Hal, who broke up the pass with limited contact. ESPN's Matt Millen criticized the call and labeled the play good defense on Hal's part.

» A few plays later, Hal broke up another pass intended for Moncrief in the end zone that was underthrown by Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace.

» Early in the fourth quarter, Wallace threw to Moncrief on back-to-back plays, with Hal stopping him for a 4-yard gain on a hitch pass, then breaking up a back-shoulder throw on the sideline.

» On Moncrief's final reception, Hal was screen-blocked by a slot receiver for a short gain.

Moncrief, a junior who has mentioned the possibility of turning pro early, caught 66 passes for 979 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore last year. Based on that track record, he might not be held under 60 yards again the rest of the season.

Wallace found heralded freshman receiver Laquon Treadwell a much easier target (nine catches, 82 yards). Quarterbacks opposing Vandy, however, may find it easier to throw away from Hal's side all season.

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