Clemson Tigers safety Rashard Hall requires left knee surgery to fix an ailment that bothered him for much of 2011 after he hurt it in the season opener. He'll miss spring practice as a result. Clemson's spring ball begins March 2.
Despite playing with a damaged wheel, Hall either led Clemson in tackles or finished second, depending on whether you'd prefer to count solo jobs (55) or total takedowns (86). He also picked off a pair of passes and disrupted another throw. He's managed multiple interceptions in every year of his career, including six as a freshman.
Hall will be a senior in 2012, and will be one of the keys to improving Clemson's ghastly defense, which finished the year ranked No. 71. New defensive coordinator Brent Venables is tasked with righting a Tigers D that too often required too many big plays from its young offensive counterpart. Having Hall healthy would give the 2012 defense one edge that 2011's lacked.
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