Agiye Hall no longer listed on Alabama football roster; wide receiver responds
Sophomore receiver Agiye Hall was no longer on Alabama football's online roster as of Tuesday.
Hall was on the roster handed out to reporters at the start of spring practices last week.
Hall was a four-star receiver coming out of Florida as part of the 2021 class. He was the No. 5 receiver in the class, per the 247Sports Composite.
After news emerged Tuesday that Hall was not listed on the roster anymore, he responded on Twitter.
"News to me, but fs," Hall tweeted.
Hall's freshman season showed promise before it derailed. He was a star in the spring, catching four passes on A-Day for 72 yards. One of those receptions was an impressive catch for 37 yards.
But Hall didn't match the strong A-Day performance when fall arrived. He saw only seven snaps in the season-opener against Miami, only one of which was a pass play, according to Pro Football Focus' charting.
He received only 78 snaps all season over seven games.
Hall wasn't spotted during warmups ahead of the Tennessee game on Oct. 23. The week prior, he had sent out a cryptic tweet he later deleted that read, "Yea nah, calling it quits."
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Saban was asked in October about Hall not being in uniform after the Tennessee game.
"What we do with our players on our team is really kind of our business," Saban said. "We’re encouraging guys to do the right thing, whether it’s personally, academically. We have protocols when guys miss so many things, they don’t get to play in a game. That’s always been a rule around here. So I am not going to disclose, and I don’t think it’s anybody’s business when we’re trying to get players to do the right thing. We use playing time and opportunities in football to try to get them to do the right thing personally and academically. So that’s basically all I’ve got to say about that."
Hall had his moment to step up against Georgia in the College Football Playoff championship game when Alabama lost Jameson Williams to a knee injury, leaving the Crimson Tide without its top two receivers with John Metchie III also out.
Hall received 30 snaps in that game, but he couldn't capitalize. According to PFF, he was targeted seven times but caught only two passes for 52 yards and no touchdowns.
When speaking at the Alabama Football Coaches Association conference in January, Saban brought up how three backups, whom he didn't name, on the team didn't make the most of their playing time when called on in the national championship.
"(The three guys) basically didn't do the things they needed to do throughout the season because they were frustrated with their circumstance," Saban said to the coaches in the room. "And this is a story you should take back to your team so players understand this."
Saban said the players worried about how many balls they were catching and how much playing time they were receiving.
"So they don't focus every day on being a complete player at their position and they don't work in practice and prepare for the games because they say to themselves, 'Why should I do this? I'm not going to play anyway," Saban said.
Then the opportunity arrived, and none could take advantage.
"They never made themselves the best player they can be," Saban said, "and when they got the opportunity, they couldn't do it. It's a lesson for everybody."
Alabama will be without its three starting receivers from 2021 as Williams, Metchie and Slade Bolden all declared for the 2022 NFL Draft. The Crimson Tide added some experience in Georgia transfer Jermaine Burton to pair with younger receivers such as Ja'Corey Brooks, JoJo Earle and Aaron Anderson, an early enrollee who impressed Saban at the first scrimmage of the spring.
Nick Kelly covers Alabama football and men's basketball for The Tuscaloosa News, part of the USA TODAY Network. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter: @_NickKelly