The Knights sent their 21st alumnus into the NFL, as the Cleveland Browns have signed former UCF wide receiver Rannell Hall to their 53-man roster, the team announced on Twitter.
Previously on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice squad, Hall played in the final three games for the Bucs, earning a start in the team’s final preseason matchup against Miami. Although he collected eight receptions for 104 yards, he was cut from the team in September.
An undrafted free agent, Hall collected 500 receiving yards on 49 catches, tacking on an additional 129 yards and a touchdown on 25 rushes during his senior year. He averaged 27.5 yards per return with totals marked at 330 yards on 12 kick returns, totaling 959 all-purpose yards. He missed three games during the 2014 season due to injuries.
Hall will look to make an impact right away as Cleveland ranks No. 21 out of 32 NFL teams in total offense.
Known for his athleticism and quickness, Hall had the second-highest broad jump at 11 feet and the fourth-highest vertical jump at 41 inches among wide receivers at the NFL Combine. His background in track yielded the nickname “Speedy” all throughout high school, college and now the pros.
The Cleveland Browns’ next game is Sunday, Dec. 20 in Seattle against the Seahawks.
Jimmy Calhoun is a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future.