Ohio State's offensive guard Marcus Hall didn't do himself any favors against the Michigan Wolverines at the Big House Saturday.
No. 3 Ohio State managed to escape with a 42-41 victory, but the real story was a massive brawl in the second quarter after a kickoff.
Three players were ejected for the incident, including running back Dontre Wilson for the Buckeyes and linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone for the Wolverines.
But Hall managed to rise above the rest. Not only did he come off the sideline to join the fray, he then threw a tantrum of epic proportions on the sideline:
Hall was far from done. As ESPN illustrates, Hall did not take kindly to heckling from the Michigan faithful and flipped the bird before making his exit:
Wow, Ohio State starting lineman Marcus Hall and H-back Dontre Wilson ejected. Hall flips bird to fans as he leaves. #OSUvsMICH— ESPN Big Ten (@ESPN_BigTen) November 30, 2013
ABC's Meredith Frost captured the moment:
As Marcus Hall left the stadium he gave the double bird salute to the Michigan crowd. Classy exit, guy. pic.twitter.com/sGya8UvgKD— Meredith Frost (@MeredithFrost) November 30, 2013
The senior right guard was by no means a lock to be taken in the 2014 NFL draft, but his escapades in college football's biggest rivalry will surely keep him from being drafted.
A physical specimen at 6'5" and 315 pounds, Hall has all the tools to succeed at the next level. The fifth-year senior played in nine games in 2009, redshirted in 2010 due to academic reasons and moved to right guard and remained the starter there beginning in 2012.
Coming into the 2013 season, scouts such as CBS Sports' Dane Brugler were not overly impressed with what they had seen from Hall:
A physically impressive blocker, Hall enters his third year as a starter on the Buckeyes offensive line and is expected to man the right guard spot for Ohio State in 2013. He has been up-and-down over his career, but has steadily improved and reportedly looked leaner and meaner this spring after losing 15 pounds, showing improved movement skills. If Hall takes another step forward during his senior season, the NFL will be a real possibility for him.
Hall's play had taken a step forward. Before Saturday's incident, he was best known for blowing up a Penn State defender in a late-October 63-14 victory:
Now? Hall will be best known for this incident. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport put it best:
I didn’t know who OSU’s Marcus Hall was before. I do now. After his double bird, the 1st line of his bio might change http://t.co/pyedQbHNUg— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 30, 2013
The first line of Hall's bio Rapoport references reads as follows: "Marcus Hall is a leader for the Ohio State offense as one of four returning starters along the offensive line..."
Hall has a daunting task in front of him to repair his image. The NFL does not take kindly to maturity or leadership issues, especially from fringe selections. Heck, sometimes the NFL completely boxes out a prospect regardless of talent for perceived maturity issues—just ask Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict.
Like Burfict, Hall can turn things around. It's a process that begins immediately. Hall's collegiate career may be over pending punishment for his actions, but he has time to show his true colors. One heat-of-the-moment mistake (on a massive scale) won't derail his pro career, but Hall's turnaround must begin immediately.