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Jaren Hall’s parents taught him 3 key lessons about sports — and life. Here’s what they are

Kalin and Hollie Hall were consistent in their messaging to their son Jaren, who was named BYU’s starting quarterback.

BYU quarterback Jaren Hall reacts after a big play against Utah State in Logan on Nov. 2, 2019. On Wednesday Hall was named the starter for the Cougars’ season opener against Arizona in Las Vegas.
Jaren Wilkey, BYU Photo

The lifelong advice Kalin and Hollie Hall gave their athletic sons is simple.

Have faith.

Faith heals hard tackles. Faith overcomes. Faith lifts, erases heartache, opens eyes and provides a clearer picture. The Halls soaked their kids in that belief and family code.

BYU coach Kalani Sitake and offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick announced Wednesday that sophomore quarterback Jaren Hall would be the starter when the Cougars opened up against Arizona in Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sept. 4. They did it in conjunction with the release of the season’s first depth chart.

I asked Jaren’s father Kalin what were the top three pieces of advice he’s given Jaren over his lifetime — specifically about sports.

“You give your kids all kinds of advice during their lives,” said Kalin, a former running back at BYU, right after the Ty Detmer era in the early ’90s.

“Sports are difficult and have tough outcomes at times but one thing I’ve always told my sons and it is something they can consistently apply and share in our family is that outcomes may not always be what you want, but if you put the Lord first, you can always deal with whatever happened.”

Both his older sons, KJ and Jaren have faced challenges as football players. KJ suffered serious knee injuries twice that ultimately ended his career. Jaren was ranked one of the top 20 dual-threat high school quarterbacks in the country out of Utah’s Maple Mountain High, but suffered a series of concussions in 2019 that cut his freshman season short. Both sons served two years as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints out of high school.

“Second, we are a blue-collar family. I’ve always had my kids understand that they are never to be outworked, that the work they are putting in has to have a clearly defined outcome and results. You can do a lot of stuff and bang your head against the ground, you can outwork someone but if it’s not a clearly defined result with purpose, it’s basically a waste of time to do it.”

Lastly, Kalin has taught his children that they need to win the day of life first.

“If you win the day of life, and you are a better man today than you were yesterday, the result that comes from what you are doing is something you will be prepared to live with. Any successes or failures you have, if you are living right, you will be able to manage and live with because you have balance as a person and you will be prepared to deal with challenges.”

Jaren was in the middle of a fantastic game in his first start in 2019 against Utah State when he suffered a concussion while running near the goal line. He then underwent restrictive protocols that kept him sidelined off and on. He then concentrated on playing baseball for the Cougars.

But Jaren never gave up the dream of playing college football. After his mission to Roseville, California, he had plenty of offers to go to other schools in the Pac-12, including rival Utah.

This week’s announcement, after Jaren spent fall camp taking the first reps and sharing time with Baylor Romney and Jacob Conover, cemented a summer of hard work both on and off the field.

Kalin, the father, was a junior college All-American and NCJAA Player of the Year at Dixie College under Greg Croshaw after a sterling career running for Valley High in Las Vegas. At BYU, Hall averaged nearly 6 yards a carry his first year in 1992 and 5 yards a carry his senior year with a combined 13 touchdowns. His wife Hollie was a BYU gymnast.

Those bloodlines make Jaren a legacy BYU recruit and player who is still waiting to make his mark for the Cougars.

This could be the year.

They’ve handed him the keys.

Correction: The original version of this column incorrectly stated Greg Croshaw was dead. He is not.